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ASP3051

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Alina Donea

Synopsis

Newtonian physics and Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, the geometry of space-time, the Minkowski metric, Lorentz transformations, k-calculus, and four-vectors; the physics of space-time, momentum and energy; classical paradoxes; other metrics, Black Holes; observation of the Universe relevant to Cosmology; the expansion of the Universe, the Cosmic Background Radiation; the evolution of the Universe, propagation of light; primordial elements and recent observations.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the reasons for supplanting Newtonian physics with relativity theory;

  1. Use special relativity to predict the behaviour of relativistic particles;

  1. Discuss the relativistic paradoxes in an informed way;

  1. Display basic knowledge of our current understanding of the beginnings, nature, and fate of the Universe;

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the current uncertainties in cosmology;

  1. Display skills in analysing physical problems geometrically, thinking logically in a theory at odds with common experience;

  1. Use mathematics to solve complex problems;

  1. Interpret complex mathematical results and communicate them in written form;

  1. Work in a team environment.

Assessment

Examination (3 hours): 70%
Laboratory work and reports: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

The equivalent of three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory/support class per week

Prerequisites

MTH2010 or MTH2015. Recommended: MTH2032

Prohibitions

ASP2052, ASP3052