PHYM006  Relativity and Cosmology  201718 

Dr T.J. Harries  
Delivery Weeks:  T2:0111  
Level:  7 (NQF)  
Credits:  15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS  
Enrolment:  32 students (approx) 
This module is an introduction to the special and general theories of relativity. During the first half of the module the mathematical tools (tensor analysis and differential geometry) that underpin general relativity are presented, and students will require a good level level of mathematical fluency and intuition in order to engage with material. Subsequent topics include Einsteinâs field equation, Schwarzschildâs solution and black holes, and the RobertsonWalker metric and cosmology.
The module aims to develop an understanding of Einsteinâs Theory of General Relativity (GR). The module starts with a recap of Special Relativity and then introduces the principles of equivalence, covariance and consistency that lead Einstein to the General Theory. The mathematics of tensors and differential geometry are presented in the context of Einsteinâs field equation. This is followed by a detailed derivation of Schwarzchildâs solution and its implication for time and space around a black hole. The module concludes by examining the use of GR in cosmology.
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
Description  Study time  KIS type 

20×1hour lectures  20 hours  SLT 
2×1hour problems/revision classes  2 hours  SLT 
5×6hour selfstudy packages  30 hours  GIS 
4×4hour problem sets  16 hours  GIS 
Reading, private study and revision  82 hours  GIS 
Weight  Form  Size  When  ILOS assessed  Feedback 

0%  Guided selfstudy  5×6hour packages  Fortnightly  112  Discussion in class 
0%  4 × Problems sets  4 hours per set  Fortnightly  112  Solutions discussed in problems classes. 
100%  Final Examination  2 hours 30 minutes  May/June  112  Mark via MyExeter, collective feedback via ELE and solutions. 
The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that students are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Instructor(s).
Core text:
Supplementary texts:
ELE:
Prerequisite Modules  Vector Mechanics (PHY1021), Introduction to Astrophysics (PHY1022) and Mathematics with Physical Applications (PHY2025) 

Corequisite Modules  none 
Reassessment is not available except when required by referral or deferral.
Original form of assessment  Form of reassessment  ILOs reassessed  Time scale for reassessment 

Whole module  Written examination (100%)  112  August/September assessment period 
Notes: See Physics Assessment Conventions.


IoP Accreditation Checklist 

Availability  MPhys and PGRS only 
Distance learning  NO 
Keywords  Physics; Theory; Spaces; Curvature; Time; Curves; General theory; Shifts; Cosmological; Equation; Inertial frame. 
Created  01Oct10 
Revised  22Dec17 