8.962 | Spring 2020 | Graduate

General Relativity

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Lecture 6: The Principle of Equivalence

Description: Introduction to the principle of equivalence: freely falling frames to generalize the inertial frames of special relativity. Two important variants of the equivalence principle (EP): The weak EP (one cannot distinguish free fall under gravity from uniform acceleration over “sufficiently small” regions); the Einstein EP (the laws of physics in freely falling frames are identical to those of special relativity over “sufficiently small” regions).

Instructor: Prof. Scott Hughes

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Spring 2020
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