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Relativity and Cosmology (6 points)


Leader: Associate Professor Paul Cally (School of Mathematical Sciences)

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Newtonian physics and Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, the geometry of spacetime, the Minkowski metric, Lorentz transformations, k-calculus, and four-vectors; the physics of spacetime, momentum and energy; classical paradoxes; other metrics, Black Holes; observation of the Universe relevant to Cosmology; the expansion of the Universe, the Cosmic Background Radiation; the evolution of the Universe, propagation of light; primordial elements and recent observations. Students may optionally choose to take part in the field trip to Mt Stromlo Observatory.

Assessment: Examination (3 hours): 70% + Laboratory work and reports: 30%

Contact Hours: The equivalent of three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory/tutorial per week

Prerequisites: MTH1030 or equivalent (some second-year Physics recommended)

Corequisites: MTH2010, MTH2032

Prohibitions: ASP2052, ASP3042, ASP3052, ASP3121, MAT3061 or MAT3142

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