• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The theories of special and general relativity are presented with applications to black holes and cosmology. Topics to be covered include the following. Metrics and Riemannian tensors. The calculus of variations and Lagrangians. Spaces and space-times of special and general relativity. Photon and particle orbits. Model universes. The Schwarzschild metric and black holes. Gravitational lensing.

Other Information: MATH3329 and PHYS3001, cover relativity, both special and general, and hence are relevant to astronomy. For more details, see the Mathematics and Physics sections of the Undergraduate Handbook.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Explain the fundamental concepts of the theories of special and general relativity and their role in the study of compact stars and modern cosmology.
2. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of tensor calculus in solving problems in special and general relativity.
3. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analyzing, proving and explaining concepts in the theories of relativity.
4. Solve problems in cosmology and black hole physics in different astrophysical contexts.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Assignments (50%; LO 1-4)
  • Major project (50%; LO1-4)

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Workload

Three lectures per week, tutorials by arrangement.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed MATH2305 or MATH2405 or ENGN2212 or MATH2320. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MATH3050.

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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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