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PH30101: General relativity

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Physics
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before or while taking this module you must take AT LEAST 1 MODULE FROM {PH10103, PH20076, PH20106, PH20114} AND take AT LEAST 1 MODULE FROM {PH20016, PH20076, PH20106, PH20114} AND take AT LEAST 1 MODULE FROM {PH20020, PH20107, MA20223}
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are to provide an understanding of curved spacetime in general relativity, based on metrics that describe static and rotating black holes, with some appreciation of quantum gravity.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* deduce the motion of particles and light from given spacetime metrics;
* account for the different predictions of general relativity and Newtonian gravity;
* explain the properties of static and rotating black holes;
* appreciate the problems of interfacing general relativity and quantum theory.

Skills:
Numeracy T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A.

Content:
Gravity and relativity: review of special relativity and Newtonian gravity, the equivalence principle, curved spacetime, the classical tests of GR, geodesic equations of motion.
The Schwartzschild metric: orbits, perihelion advance, deflection of light, static black holes, the event horizon, the singularity.
The Kerr metric: rotating black holes, frame dragging, the ergoregion.
Quantum gravity: black hole thermodynamics, Hawking radiation, current theories of everything.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PH30101 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
  • USPH-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics (Year 3)
  • USPH-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USPH-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USPH-AFM10 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics (Year 3)
  • USPH-AFM11 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Research placement (Year 3)
  • USPH-AKM10 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • USPH-AKM11 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Professional and Research Placements (Year 4)

PH30101 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
  • USXX-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 3)
  • USXX-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USXX-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USPH-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Physics (Year 3)
  • USPH-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USPH-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USPH-AFM02 : MPhys(Hons) Physics (Year 3)
  • USPH-AFM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Research placement (Year 3)
  • USPH-AKM03 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • USPH-AKM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional and Research Placements (Year 4)
  • USXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 3)
  • USXX-AAM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USXX-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

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