General Relativity (12-PHY-MWPQFG1)

Prof. Stefan Hollands (Summer Semester 2016)


++ Probeklausur (mock exam) is online now in the homework sheet section. You may submit it as an extra homework if you want to.

++ Change of venue for Klausur!

++ Exam (Klausur) has been scheduled for

20.07., ITP 113, 14.00-17.00

++ The Tue 15.15 lecture is rescheduled *permanently* for Mo 13.30-15.00 (ITP 114) (This is possibly subject to further changes if necessary, please await announcements)


Lectures take place on: Monday, 13:30 Uhr bis 15:00 Uhr (Brüderstraße 16, R.114), Freitags, 11:00 Uhr bis 12:30 Uhr (Brüderstraße 16, R.114)

Exercises take place on: Mittwochs, 9:15 Uhr bis 10:45 Uhr (Brüderstraße 16, R.114)

Examination (Klausur): 20.07., ITP 113, 14.00-17.00



Recommended literature:

S. Carroll, Spacetime and Geometry, Addison-Wesley (2003)

J.B. Hartle, Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein’s General Relativity, Cummings (2002)

R.M. Wald, General Relativity, University of Chicago Press (1984)

A. Einstein, Relativity, Routledge Classics, Taylor and Francis (2012)
or: Ueber spezielle und allgemeine Relativitaetstheorie, Akademie-Verlag (1969)

E. Herlt und N. Salie, Spezielle Relativitaetstheorie, Akademie-Verlag (1978)

N.M.J. Woodhouse, Special Relativity, Springer (1992)

Preliminary lecture notes:

Lecture notes for this course: . These notes complement the literature and are in preliminary form.


Interesting links:

Here are some very nice slides explaining spacetime diagrams:
(from the University of British Columbia, Canada).

There are very nice illustrations of time-dilatation and length contraction in these short lecture notes on Special Relativity:
made by T. Takeuchi of Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, U.S.A.).

An animated visualization of Einstein’s Special Relativity Theory, made by Udi Aharoni:
This video is fairly short, but it depicts all the main ideas and effects of special relativity in a rather clear and correct way.

On Sean Carroll’s webpage you will find his Lecture Notes on General Relativity, and a very short non-nonsense introduction, among other things:


Exercise sheets:

Exercise sheet 6: GR_Problems6

Exercise sheet 7: GR_Problems7

Exercise sheet 8: GR_problems8

Exercise sheet 9: GR_problems9

Exercise sheet 10: GR_Problems10

Exercise sheet 11: GR_Problems11

Exercise sheet 12: GR_problems12

Exercise sheet 13: GR_problems13

Exercise sheet 14: GR_problems14

Probeklausur (mock exam): mock_exam_paper2016

Queries regarding assessment of exercise sheets and related matters: Mr. Onirban Islam,


Prof. S. Hollands
ITP, Universitaet Leipzig
Bruederstr. 16
Tel. 0341-97-32422/437

Page last updated: 05.04.16