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This subject provides an advanced introduction to Einstein's theory of general relativity. Specific topics may inlcude special relativity, manifolds and curvature, experimental tests, Einstein's equations, the Schwarzschild solution and black holes, weak fields and gravitational radiation. Examples will be drawn from particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology.
Intended learning outcomes
The objectives of this subject are:
- to introduce the theoretical framework and experimental necessity of Einstein's theory of general relativity;
- to understand the principles of general relativity and physics in curved spacetime;
- to develop tools to enable the quantitative calculation of general relativistic effects;
- to provide a foundation for more advanced studies of general relativity.
At the completion of this subject, students should have gained skills in:
- analysing how to solve a problem by applying simple fundamental laws to more complicated situations;
- applying abstract concepts to real-world situations;
- participating as an effective member of a group in discussions and collaborative assignments;
- managing time effectively in order to be prepared for group discussions and undertake the assignments and exam.
Last updated: 2 December 2019