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  1. Dec 14, 2017 #1

    BiGyElLoWhAt

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    Hey all,
    I'm trying to come up with a senior thesis project in the realm of GR. It doesn't have to be new, just new to me. I'm having trouble coming up with ideas (or knowing whether or not they would be good for this). One idea that I just came up with:
    Numerically solve EFE for the solar system, or a part of it, maybe the inner planets and sun, then compare with observations. Does this sound like a good project to you? If not, do you have any suggestions? I'm not attached to this idea, just trying to be constructive.
    Thanks.
     
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  3. Dec 15, 2017 #2

    mfb

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    Did you ask your potential supervisor? It is very advisable to choose a project in the interest of the supervisor, and they will also know more what has been done and what not, and what can be done within the scope of the project. That typically means you ask your supervisor what they suggest.
     
  4. Dec 15, 2017 #3

    BiGyElLoWhAt

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    Yea I did. We don't really have anyone in the ways of GR, so it will be largely independent. However, the chair has told me that I could do it, should I find a suitable project. He told me essentially to find a paper published and reproduce it. So I suppose the question could be reworded to ask for papers published in GR that would be 1) feasible for an undergrad to reproduce (not necessarily easy, just feasible) and 2) enjoyable (I know it's subjective, but just not extremely droll).
    Thanks for the response, by the way.
     
  5. Dec 15, 2017 #4

    mfb

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    Don't do that.
    While it might be possible in terms of formal procedures, it is unlikely to have good results.
     
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