Physics 139
Special and General Relativity for Undergraduates
Spring, 2012
University of California, Berkeley
 Instructor: Hal Haggard
 Office: 443 Birge
 Office Hours: Fri. 45pm and Tues. 3:304:30pm in 429 Birge
 Email: hal "usual at" berkeley.edu
 Phone: +15104351747
 Graduate Student Instructor: Eugene Kur
 Office: 443 Birge
 Office Hours: Mon. 24pm in 429 Birge
 Email: kur.eugene "usual at" gmail.com

 Lecture: 240 Mulford
 Time: TuTh 23:30
 Discussion Section 1: M 1112, 2070 VLSB
 Discussion Section 2: Th 45, 229 Dwinelle
 Text: Hartle, Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity
AddisonWesley
Organization and Logistics
Lecture attendance is strongly encouraged; not all course content is found in texts or handouts.
Prerequisites:
The prerequisites for this course are Physics 105 and Physics 110A. If you have not taken these prerequisites, you must have the instructor's permission to enroll for this course.
Schedule:
Tentative outline for the topics and timeline for the course.
Exam Schedule:
 Midterm: February 23rd, 2012 (in class)
 Final exam: May 7th, 2011, 11:302:30pm (Exam group 2)
Course Grade:
The grade for this course will be based on your homework, a midterm and a final exam. The break down will be,
 Homework 55%
 Midterm Exam 15%
 Final Exam 30%
The course web site
(this site) will be used to post lecture notes, special notes and
homework assignments.
Lecture notes are
my handwritten notes that I prepare for
lecture. I don't guarantee that they will be identical to what is
presented in class, but they should be pretty close usually.
Lecture Notes.
 Tuesday,
January 17, 2012.
 Thursday,
January 19, 2012.
 Tuesday,
January 24, 2012.
 Thursday,
January 26, 2012.
 Tuesday,
January 31, 2012.
 Thursday,
February 2, 2012.
 Tuesday,
February 7, 2012.
 Thursday,
February 9, 2012.
 Tuesday,
February 14, 2012.
 Thursday,
February 16, 2012.
 Tuesday,
February 21, 2012.
 Thursday,
February 23, 2012. No lecture, midterm exam.
 Tuesday,
February 28, 2012.
 Thursday,
March 1, 2012.
 Tuesday,
March 6, 2012.
 Thursday,
March 8, 2012.
 Tuesday,
March 13, 2012.
 Thursday,
March 15, 2012.
 Tuesday,
March 20, 2012.
 Thursday,
March 22, 2012.
 Week of March 26. No lecture, spring break.
 Tuesday,
April 3, 2012.
 Thursday,
April 5, 2012.
 Tuesday,
April 10, 2012.
 Thursday,
April 12, 2012.
 Tuesday,
April 17, 2012.
 Thursday,
April 19, 2012.
 Tuesday,
April 24, 2012.
 Thursday,
April 16, 2012.
Homework
assignments: A required and most important part of the course. Problem sets are due on Tuesday at 5pm each week. Please deposit problem sets in the box labeled "Physics 139" in 251 LeConte. You are encouraged to discuss problems with others in the course, but you must write up your own solutions. Please do not use internet resources to solve problems; if you have questions about the homework Eugene and I are more than happy to field them.
Policy on Late
Homework: Late homeworks will be accepted at 50% credit, up to
three calendar days late. Homeworks more than three days late will not be
accepted.
 Homework 1, due Tuesday, January 24th at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 2, due Tuesday, January 31st at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 3, due Tuesday, February 7th at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 4, due Tuesday, February 14th at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 5, due Tuesday, February 28th at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 6, due Tuesday, March 6th at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 7, due Tuesday, March 13th at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 8, due Tuesday, March 20th at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 9, due Tuesday, April 3rd at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 10, due Tuesday, April 10th at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 11, due Tuesday, April 17th at 5pm pdf.
 Homework 12, due Wednesday, April 25th at 5pm pdf.
Supplemental Notes.
 Notes on dropping the squareroot in the calculus of variations,
pdf.
 Robert Littlejohn's notes on tangent vectors
pdf.