Physics and astronomy
Module code: 881F3
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework
This module provides an introduction to the general theory of relativity, including:
- Brief review of special relativity
- Scalars, vectors and tensors
- Principles of equivalence and covariance
- Space-time curvature
- The concept of space-time and its metric
- Tensors and curved space-time; covariant differentiation
- The energy-momentum tensor
- Einstein's equations
- The Schwarzschild solution and black holes
- Tests of general relativity
- Weak field gravity and gravitational waves
- Relativity in cosmology and astrophysics.
Module learning outcomes
- Understand and give an account of the physical motivation for and the underlying principles of general relativity.
- Understand sufficiently the mathematical machinery underlying general relativity (Tensor algebra) to undertake the solution of simple quantitative problems.
- Qualitatively describe aspects of the application of general relativity to astrophysical and cosmological settings (stars, black holes and Friedmann universes)