• Offered by Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Lilia Ferrario
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course covers the theory of general relativity with applications to black holes and cosmology. Topics include the following. Metrics and Riemannian tensors. The calculus of variations and Lagrangians. Spaces and space-times of general relativity. The Schwarzschild metric and black holes. Photon and particle orbits.  Theoretical cosmology: Universe models.  Dark matter and dark energy.  Observational Cosmology: historical observations, distances, accelerating Universe and the cosmic background radiation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course students will be able to:

Apply the concepts of general relativity and quantum mechanics to the study of white dwarf, neutron stars and black holes; efficiently utilise tensor calculus and general relativity in the study of compact objects and cosmology; understand concepts and solve problems in compact star research and physical cosmology; understand and apply the mathematical and physical basis for modern cosmology; understand how the tools of observational astronomy are utilised to understand the evolution of the Universe; use computational and statistical tools to solve problems; write succinctly and coherently in these areas of science.

Indicative Assessment

Indicative Assessment - Four assignments worth 90% and several in-class quizzes worth 10%.  The assignments involve problem solving, computational, numerical methods, statistical, mathematical and essay writing components.



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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS2013 and MATH2305 or MATH2405. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MATH3329

Assumed Knowledge

PHYS3001 and one of MATH2306 or MATH2406

Majors

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1516 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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