UK Advanced Level Physics Examinations with a normal minimum attainment of a
Grade C on the main Physics A - Level. Any generally accepted equivalent of this
content and attainment is regarded as an acceptable prerequisite.
Co-requisites: PH321 Mechanics, PH322 Electricity and Light, PH323 Thermodynamics and Matter, PS370 Skills for Physicists.
OverviewIntroduction to Special Relativity:
Inadequacy of Galilean Transformation; Postulates of Relativity; Lorentz transformation; Time dilation, length contraction and simultaneity; Special relativity paradoxes; Invariant intervals; Momentum and energy in special relativity; Equivalence of mass and energy.
Introduction to Astronomy:
Astronomical coordinate systems and conversions; Positions and motions of stars; Timekeeping systems; Introduction to the distance scale.
Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology:
Stellar luminosity and magnitudes; Magnitude systems; Colour of stars; Stellar spectral classification; Evolution of stars, Hertzsprung-Russell diagram; Cosmological principle; Redshift; Hubble constant; Space expansion.
This module appears in:
Lectures (30 hours); workshop/revision session (3 hours).
Total study time 150 hrs (including private study time).
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
Coursework 30% comprising at least one ICT (in-course test) and at least one piece of independent work involving problem solving. Final (written, unseen, length 2 hours) exam 70%.