2017-2018 / SPAT0012-1

General relativity, Part 1: Introduction


20h Th

Number of credits

 Master in mathematics (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in physics (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in mathematics (60 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in physics (60 ECTS)4 crédits 


Yves De Rop

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This is a non technical course describing the main ideas and concepts of Einstein's theory of gravitation.
- Special relativity;
- Rindler metric;
- Equivalence principle between inertia and gravitation;
- Rotating frames;
- Intrinsic curvature of surfaces;
- Introduction to non euclidean geometries.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The learning outcome is to offer the students a new perspective beyond the design of space and time according to Newton : the relativistic spacetime.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic notions in theoretical physics (classical mechanics and electromagnetism).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)


Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes are available.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam in January (one question).

Work placement(s)


Organizational remarks

!! This course won't be given during the academic year 2017 - 2018.


Yves De Rop
Département d'astrophysique, de géophysique et d'océanographie
Allée du 6 août, 17
Bâtiment B5c, bureau -1/2
4000 - Liège


Items online

Relativité générale (2017)
Syllabus for the course SPAT0012 (in french).