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PH4032   Special Relativity and Fields

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 3.00 pm Tue, 4.00 pm Tue, Fri (TBC)

The module analyses classical fields in physics such as the electromagnetic field. Fields are natural ingredients of relativity, because they serve to communicate forces with a finite velocity (the speed of light). The module covers the tensor formalism of special relativity, relativistic dynamics, the Lorentz force, Maxwell's equations, retarded potentials, symmetries and conservation laws, and concludes with an outlook to general relativity.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PH3007 and pass PH3081 and pass PH4038

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials.

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 75%, Coursework (assessed tutorial questions) = 25%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 75%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 25%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: Dr N Korolkova

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School¿s Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.