Derivation of the Einstein Field Equations 
Derivation of the Einstein Field Equations
by UC Irvine / Herbert W. Hamber
Video Lecture 11 of 24
Copyright Information: Hamber, Herbert. Physics 255 (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), [December 25, 2014]. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License (
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Lecture Description

Einstein's Field Equations - Part 1 Topics covered: Derivation of the Einstein Field Equations. Requirement of General Covariance, Nonrelativistic Limit. Equivalent Forms for the Field Equations. Vacuum Solutions. Cosmological Constant Term. Modifications to Newtonian Gravity. Cosmological Constant Interpreted as a Vacuum Energy. Recorded May 06, 2014

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Course Description

"Einstein's General Relativity and Gravitation" is a graduate-level course taught at UC Irvine as Physics 255. This course covers diverse topics in general relativity, including an introduction to Einstein’s theory of gravitation, tensor analysis, Einstein’s field equations, astronomical tests of Einstein’s theory, and gravitational waves.


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