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Asaf Pe'er

PY4112: Gravitation and Cosmology

Dr. Asaf Pe'er

Course Schedule

Extra Lectures will be given to compensate for the lack of lectures in the final week of the semester. Dates will be published in time.

Course Syllabus

Lecture notes

Important Note. These are my personal lecture notes, that I prepared for my personal use as part of the preparations for teaching this module. I post them here for the sole purpose of assisting the students learning this fascinating, yet difficult subject.
I make no claim of originality. I am basing a large part of the text on the lecture notes of Sean Carroll, which are freely available here. Other major resources I used are the books by Steven Weinberg and by James Hartle (and, to a lesser extent, by Bernard Schutz). I also used my personal notes from the course taught by Mordehai Milgrom, as well as the lecture notes of the course taught by Barak Kol, which were taken and given to me by Smadar Naoz.
(Note: these are constantly being updated.)



  • The final exam is schedule for Monday, Dec. 18th, 2017.
    It will have the same format as previous years exams, namely you will be asked to solve 3 questions out of 5 options.
    Naturally, the questions will represent the material studies in class and in homework.
  • Being with closed material, I do expect you to memorize basic equations such as the Christoffel symbol, geodesic equation, Einstein's equation etc. I do not expect you to memorize long derivations, such as the derivation of Einstein's Equation.
  • In the exam you will be asked to show that you understand the material, not that you remember it. Your best indication about how well you are predicted to do in the exam is how well you do in homework - if you are able to solve the problems yourself, you need not worry.

    For your reference, I attach 2016/17 academic year's Exam and its Solutions

Good Luck !!

Last updated: Nov. 17th, 2017
Questions ? Write to: a.peer@ucc.ie