Academic year(s): 2018-2019
SCOTCAT credits : 15
ECTS credits : 7
Level : SCQF Level 11
Availability restrictions: Normally only taken in the final year of an MPhys or MSci programme involving the School
This module covers: inertial frames, gravity, principle of equivalence, curvature of spacetime; basic techniques of tensor analysis; Riemannian spaces, metric tensor, raising and lowering of indices, Christoffel symbols, locally flat coordinates, covariant derivatives, geodesics, curvature tensor, Ricci tensor, Einstein tensor; fundamental postulates of general relativity: spacetime, geodesics, field equations, laws of physics in curved spacetime; distances, time intervals, speeds; reduction of equations of general relativity to Newtonian gravitational equations; Schwarzschild exterior solution, planetary motion, bending of light rays, time delays; observational tests of general relativity; Schwarzschild interior solution, gravitational collapse, black holes.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you are advised to pass PH4032 and pass PH4038. Before taking this module you must pass PH3081 or pass PH3082 or ( pass MT2506 and pass MT2507 )
Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials.
Scheduled learning hours: 32
Guided independent study hours: 118
As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7
Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php
This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.
Module coordinator: Dr M Dominik
Module teaching staff: Dr M Dominik