- Code ASTR3002
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Lilia Ferrario
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
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 - 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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|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|