**Course Description**

Although gravity is very weak compared to other fundamental interactions, in extreme cases it can become the dominant force in physical processes. In the course `Black holes and gravitational waves’ such processes are addressed, and their mathematical description in the context of General Relativity is studied.

**Programme form**

The course consists of lectures and take-home exercises.

**Literature**

J.B. Hartle

Gravity (Addison-Wesley, 2003), ISBN 0-8053-8662-9

S. Carroll

Spacetime and Geometry (Addison-Wesley, 2003) ISBN 0-8053-8732-3

**Form of Examination**

Grading will be based on participation in the class room and written tests.

**Prerequisites**

Basic knowledge of General Relativity:

differential geometry, covariant tensor formalism, Einstein equations.

**Schedule**

Physics Schedule

**More Information**

Contact details lecturer: Prof.dr. J.W. van Holten (Jan Willem)