PH30101: General relativity
[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]
Academic Year:  2020/1 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Physics 
Credits:  6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] 
Notional Study Hours:  120 
Level:  Honours (FHEQ level 6) 
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Assessment Summary:  EX 100% 
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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} 
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. 
Programme availability: 
PH30101 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Physics
PH30101 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Physics

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