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Day 1:

Presentation 1 (time: 9:00 - 9:30): Introduction to General Relativity, overview of what's it all about; quick overview of Spacetime, Einstein's field equations, what it roughly means and what it implies.

Break (9:30 - 9:45)

Presentation 2 (time: 9:45 - 10:45): Introduction to vector spaces, dual spaces, coordinate transformations and tensor product spaces.

Discussion/Questions (10:45 - 11:00)

Break (11:00 - 11:15)

Presentation 3 (time: 11:15 - 12:15): Least action principle, Lagrangians and the formalism

Discussion/Questions (12:15 - 12:30)

Lunch break (12:30 - 1:15) (we gotta see if we can get funding for pizza)

Presentation 4 (time: 1:15 - 2:45): Einstein notation, inner products and the metric tensor, covariance and contravariance, tensor transformations, index gymnastics

Discussion/Questions (2:45 - 3:00)

Presentation 5 (time: 03:00 - 4:30): Special Relativity, Spacetime, 4-vectors and Minkowski space

Discussion/Questions (4:30 - 4:45):

Break (4:45 - 5:00)

Presentation 6 (time: 05:00 - 6:15): Manifolds, curves, tangent and cotangent spaces

Discussion/Questions (6:15 - 6:30)



Day 2:

Presentation 1 (time: 9:00 - 10:15): Tensor fields, metric tensor fields and their transformations

Discussion/Questions + break (10:15 - 10:30)

Presentation 2 (time: 10:30 - 12:00): Parallel transport, covariant derivative, the connection, lie dragging and the lie derivative

Discussion/Questions (12:00 - 12:15)

Lunch Break (12:15 - 1:00)

Presentation 3 (time: 1:00 - 2:30): Equivalence principle and the geodesic equation

Discussion/Questions + Break (2:30 - 2:45)

Presentation 4 (time: 2:45 - 4:15): Curvature tensor, Energy-stress tensor and the Einstein field equations

Discussion/Questions + Break (4:15 - 4:30)

Presentation 5 (time 4:45 - 6:15): Schwarzschild solution to the Einstein field equations, worked examples and applications

Discussion/Questions

 

Possible Dates 12-13th May (question)

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  1. So this will still happen, although not as a workshop, but in a seminar/lecture-like setting. It should start soon! If you're interested, please sign up here.

    1. In case people are still visiting this page, the seminar has started and happens every Saturday. Here's the new page.