Gravitational Waves and Black Holes: an Introduction to General Relativity
by J.W. van Holten
Publisher: arXiv 1997
Number of pages: 97
In these lectures general relativity is outlined as the classical field theory of gravity, emphasizing physical phenomena rather than mathematical formalism. Dynamical solutions representing traveling waves as well as stationary fields like those of black holes are discussed. Their properties are investigated by studying the geodesic structure of the corresponding space-times, as representing the motion of point-like test particles. The interaction between gravitational, electro-magnetic and scalar fields is also considered.
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by Tevian Dray - Oregon State University
The manuscript emphasizes the use of differential forms, rather than tensors, which are barely mentioned. The focus is on the basic examples, namely the Schwarzschild black hole and the Friedmann-Robertson-Walker cosmological models.
by Sean M. Carroll
General relativity has a reputation of being extremely difficult. This introduction is a very pragmatic affair, intended to give you some immediate feel for the language of GR. It does not substitute for a deep understanding -- that takes more work.
by Joseph C. Kolecki - Glenn Research Center
Tensor analysis is useful because of its great generality and compact notation. This monograph provides a conceptual foundation for students of physics and engineering who wish to pursue tensor analysis as part of their advanced studies.
by Stefan Waner
Smooth manifolds and scalar fields, tangent vectors, contravariant and covariant vector fields, tensor fields, Riemannian manifolds, locally Minkowskian manifolds, covariant differentiation, the Riemann curvature tensor, premises of general relativity.