

PHS3131Theoretical Physics (6 points)(SCI) Leader: Dr Imants Svalbe
Offered: Synopsis: This unit provides part of a major in theoretical physics. It consists of two 12lecture subunits, and a 12hour seminar subunit. Key areas are: (1) Relativistic Mechanics: tensors in pseudo Euclidian spaces, Lorentz transforms, action & variational methods, Lagrangians & Hamiltonians, acceleration, metric & Riemannian spaces, consequences of Einstein's assumptions; (2) Methods of Theoretical Physics: complex variable theory, complex energy plane, Riemannian surfaces & topology, Laplace & z transforms, free propagators, Hilbert transform, causality, KramerKronig, conformal mappings, and (3) Theoretical Seminar: seminar participation in theoretical problems. Assessment: Examinations (2 x 1.5 hours): 48% + Assignments and seminar contributions: 52% Contact Hours: An average of 2 hours lectures, one 1hour tutorial and one 1hour seminar per week Prerequisites: PHS2011, PHS2022, MTH2010, MTH2032 Corequisites: PHS3031 
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