PH469 Directed Reading (Fall, 2016) Course Information

Course Description: This is a direct reading course. Each student reads a textbook and explains the contents in front of other students and instructor. Through this course students will learn basic concepts of general relativity at introductory level and learn various physics associated with the general relativity, including black hole and gravitational wave.

Learning Objectives:
  • Concepts of time and space in Netownian mechanics
  • Review of Special Relativity
  • Mathematics required for studying general relativity
  • Introduction to general relativity

Day and Time: Mon. & Wed. 1:30PM-2:30PM
Room: PH 304
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
skype*: userid = ryoichikawai
* You must send your skype user ID to the instructor by email in advance or your call will be blocked.
Office Hour: W 2-3pm/Th 1-2pm
Course Website:

Course Schedule
Required Textbook  
"A Most Incomprehensible Thing" by Peter Collier
2n edition (2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0957389458

Messages from the Instructor
  • Class will meet on Aug. 29 (Mon) in CH304. See you soon.

Every student must participate in tutorials and explain the contant of chapters assigned by instructor to other students. The stutor must read the chapters carefully and explain the contents in a way that others can understand them easily. Other students must also read the chapters aheard and ask questions during the tutorial sessions. Reading the chapters during the tutorials for the first time is not acceptible,

Problems selected from the textbook will be assigned as homework. Homework must be turned in electronically by email.  Allowed formats are Mathematica Notebook(preferred), Maple Worksheet, LaTeX source, Acorbat PDF. Hand written documents must be scanned in high resolution (300 DPI or higher) with sufficient contrast and saved in PDF.

There is no exam for this course.

Grades are determined by 1: the level of preparation as tutor(40 pts), 2: the level of participation as audience (30 pts), 3: the completion of homework (30 pts)
Grade Total Score
A 85 or above
B 75 or above
C 60 or above
D 50 or above
F Otherwise