- Code PHYS3203
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Physics Education Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Theoretical Physics
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Susan Scott
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.
With the spectacular first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015, GR is now arguably the most successful theory of modern physics. This third year physics course provides an introduction to the concepts and tools of general relativity theory (GR) and to its applications in cosmology, gravitational wave theory and gravitational wave detection.
The full geometric structure underpinning the theory will be developed, leading to the Einstein Field equation and an in-depth study of the Schwarzschild black hole. We will study the application of GR theory to cosmology as well as its prediction of the existence of gravitational waves and the principles of how these waves can be detected on Earth.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements for this course students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the mathematics underpinning manifolds, tensors, metrics, geodesics and the Riemann tensor;
- Prove fundamental properties of, and relationships between, those mathematical elements;
- Derive geodesics from a given metric, and derive metrics from the Einstein field equation for simple forms of the stress-energy tensor;
- Describe the fundamental properties of gravitational waves;
- Evaluate methods to detect gravitational waves on Earth.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment is based on:
- Assignments (50%; LO 1-5)
- Final written exam (50%; LO 1-5)
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WorkloadThree one hour lectures per week plus a weekly drop-in session
Requisite and Incompatibility
"A First Course in General Relativity" by B. Schutz (2nd ed., 2009)
Assumed KnowledgeFamiliarity with multi-dimensional calculus is assumed.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8557||27 Jul 2020||03 Aug 2020||31 Aug 2020||30 Oct 2020||In Person||N/A|