Black Holes (General Relativity and Astrophysics) OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Astrophysics Class by MIT

Published Feb 08, 2009

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Research common questions about one of astronomy's most well-known phenomena in 'Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity and Astrophysics.' This OpenCourseWare is offered for free online by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and uses a calculus-based approach to examine black holes. Students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Physics or Astronomy can find useful preparatory information throughout this course.

Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity and Astrophysics: Course Specifics

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Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity and Astrophysics: Course Description

Students survey black holes and the impact on their surroundings in this OpenCourseWare. This course emphasizes principles of relativity, astrophysics and cosmology. Professors Edmund Bertschinger and Edwin F. Taylor begin this course by exploring frequently asked questions about universal phenomena. Specific topics will also be covered, such as Einstein's field equation, Sagittarius A and cosmic structure formation. Participants of this OpenCourseWare also explore energy and momentum in flat spacetime, gravitational lensing and the Global Positioning System. This lecture-formatted course provides notes for each topic as well as video lectures for selected topics. The course website recommends that students take either 'Relativity' or 'Introduction to Special Relativity' as a prerequisite.

Lecture notes, video lectures and homework assignments are included with the study materials. These materials are available online for free download. More information is available at the Black Holes course home page.

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