Follower Enrollment (Track 2) 2020-2021

Upper division undergraduate (junior/senior) and graduate (MS/PhD) students who intend to take classes, learn Einstein’s general relativity and take part in outreach activities of Community of Physics (CP) in the forthcoming year, should get enrolled through the ongoing procedure of “Follower Enrollment (Track 2) 2020-2021”.

On the successful completion of the above-mentioned enrollment process, the followers will get the opportunity to take the course “Contemporary Natural Philosophy CNP01/2021”, where they (followers) will learn necessary physics and mathematics to build a firm background to study Einstein’s general relativity. In the course, the followers will learn exterior calculus and differential geometry with unprecedented details, along with some brief review of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and special relativity. Upon completion of CNP01/2021 with satisfactory grades, the followers will get an opportunity to get enrolled in the course “General Relativity in Brief GRB01/2021”, in which they will study the most exotic objects in the universe, e.g., black holes, and relativistic stars. The course will also cover some formal aspects of general relativity (e.g., ADM formalism, variational approach to gravity, generation and propagation of gravitational waves) along with cosmology. In addition, there will be a short training on Einstein Toolkit.[1]

Post-sophomore (upper division undergraduate and graduate) students from Physics, Theoretical Physics, Applied Physics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering can apply for this (Track 2) enrollment process. Current sophomore students, who expect to become junior students no later than April 2021, can also apply.

The prospective followers must complete their applications properly. On the successful submission of their applications, the applicants will be added to a Google Classroom, where they will be asked to upload their academic documents (e.g., academic transcripts). Then the prospective followers will sit for the “Track 2 Entrance Examination 2020-2021” (a take-home test of 100 marks) and upload their answer scripts on Google Classroom. After finishing the aforesaid sections, the followers will be invited to schedule and attend an interview over Skype. Upon successful completion of all the above-mentioned segments, the “Track 2 Follower Enrollment Committee” will make the decision regarding the application. Accepted followers will be provided with CP Moodle accounts to access the courses they intend to enroll (e.g., CNP01/2021).

The classes of CNP01/2021 begin on January 03, 2021. The course consists of 24 classes (4 hours each on Sundays), 2 mid-term examinations, and 1 final examination. Classes of CNP01/2021 end on June 13, 2021. The classes of GRB01/2021 starts on July 04, 2021. In the course (GRB01/2021), there will be a project presentation and report submission in addition to 24 homework assignments. The course ends on December 19, 2021. All the activities and classes will be conducted online. For those (followers) who wish to be members in future must enroll in “Management and Professional Development MPD01/2021”, starting on January 02, 2021, making the commitment of completing CNP01/2021 with satisfactory grades.[2]

Attending CP courses are (as always) free of costs, however, completing them require the display of passion for physics and outstanding patience on the followers’ part. Application for “Follower Enrollment (Track 2) 2020-2021” is going on. Submit your application before the application portal closes.

  1. The Einstein Toolkit is a community-driven software platform of core computational tools to advance and support research in relativistic astrophysics and gravitational physics.
  2. To learn more about the membership rules and regulations, click here.