Introduction to the special and general theories of relativity. Einstein's postulates of the principle of relativity and the constancy of the speed of light. Simple kinematics and dynamics: simultaneity, time dilation, space-time diagrams, twin and other "paradoxes," E = mc^2, laws of motion. Elements of general relativity; curved spacetime, experimental tests, black holes, gravitational waves. Prereq: Phys191, or 193, or 197, or permission of the instructor.
Course Attributes: FA NSM; BU SCI; AR NSM; AS NSM