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PX436 - General Relativity

  • Module code: PX436
  • Module name: General Relativity
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module presents Einstein's general theory of relativity and its applications in modern astrophysics. It is a follow-on to the third year module PX389 Cosmology. It aims to present the theory of General Relativity and its applications in modern astronomy, and to give an understanding of black-holes.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of this module you should: understand the metric nature of special and general relativity, how the metric determines the motion of particles; be able to undertake elementary calculations involving the Schwarzschild metric; be able to describe the key features of black-holes; be able to demonstrate knowledge of current attempts to detect gravitational waves.

Timetabled teaching activities

25 Lectures (and 5 problems classes)

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/teach/syllabi/year4/px436

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PX436-15)
B (Examination only) 2 hour examination (April) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 4