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PHYS2913: Astrophysics and Relativity (Advanced)

The lecture topics are as PHYS2013 with some advanced content. Practical: as for PHYS2013.

Details

Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Unit code PHYS2913
Unit name Astrophysics and Relativity (Advanced)
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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PHYS2013 or PHYS2923
Prerequisites
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65 or above in (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902 or PHYS1904) and 65 or above in (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS1903 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911 or PHYS2921)
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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(MATH1X21 or MATH1931 or MATH1X01 or MATH1906 or MATH1011) and (MATH1X02) and (MATH1X23 or MATH1933 or MATH1X03 or MATH1907 or MATH1013) and (MATH1X04 or MATH1X05)

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Tim Bedding, tim.bedding@sydney.edu.au
Laboratory supervisor(s) Scott Martin Croom , scott.croom@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Scott Martin Croom , scott.croom@sydney.edu.au
Tim Bedding, tim.bedding@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam hurdle task Final examination
Written exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO1 LO2 LO4
Assignment Special relativity: assignment 1
online Mastering Physics
4% Week 04 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO2
Assignment Special relativity: assignment 2
online Mastering Physics
3% Week 07 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO2
Assignment Special relativity: assignment 3
written assignment
3% Week 07 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Cosmology assignment 1
Cosmology written assignment 1
3% Week 10 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO2
Presentation Experimental physics Presentation
Experimental physics Presentation
5% Week 13 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Cosmology assignment 2
Cosmology written assignment 2
3% Week 13 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO2
Assignment Expertimental lab report
Expertimental lab report
10% Week 13 see Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Small continuous assessment Experiential physics
Experimental lab in-class assessment.
25% Weekly See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO5 LO4
Assignment Cosmology post-lecture quizzes
Cosmology online quizzes
4% Weekly See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?
  • Special relativity: written assignment: This will be a hard copy assignment submitted via Canvas.
  • Special relativity: MasteringPhysics: This will be completed in MasteringPhysics via Canvas.
  • Cosmology post-lecture quizzes: Short questions will be available on Canvas after lectures.
  • Experimental physics: The components of assessment for experimental physics labs are based on completing a minimum number of experiments during the semester, the standard to which those experiments are performed and written up, and on a written report and oral presentation on one experiment. For TSP students, part of experimental lab is replaced with doing a project in a research group. The detailed assessment arrangements for these different options will be provided in the first lab session and communicated via Canvas.
  • Final examination: The final examination is closed book and consists of two parts: Section A is on special relativity and is worth 20%; and section B is on cosmology and is worth 20%. Lists of physical constants and formulas needed are provided in the paper.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply subject knowledge to novel situations.

Distinction

75 - 84

At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a solid knowledge and understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply the key ideas of the subject.

Credit

65 - 74

At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad understanding of the unit material but has not fully developed the ability to apply the key ideas of the subject.

Pass

50 - 64

At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactory achievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge of the subject.

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Special relativity Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab introduction and registration Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 02 Special relativity Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 03 Special relativity Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 04 Special relativity Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Special relativity Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 Special Relativity Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Cosmology Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Cosmology Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Cosmology Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Cosmology Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Cosmology Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Cosmology Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Lab Experiments Practical (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Cosmology Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the key concepts in special relativity and cosmology
  • LO2. apply these concepts to develop models, and to solve qualitative and quantitative problems in scientific and engineering contexts, using appropriate mathematical and computing techniques as necessary
  • LO3. understand the nature of scientific measurement, and skills in the measurement of physical quantities and the handling of data
  • LO4. find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance
  • LO5. communicate scientific information appropriately, both orally and through written work
  • LO6. demonstrate a sense of responsibility, ethical behaviour and independence as a learner and as a scientist.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
No major changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

SPECIAL RELATIVITY

Concepts of classical relativity, special relativity, Einstein’s two
postulates, relative motion, twin paradox, Doppler shift, Lorentz
transformations, spacetime and causality, relativistic momentum,
relativistic kinetic energy, mass as a measure of energy.

COSMOLOGY

Historical and philosophical basis for cosmological models, the
cosmological principle, the Friedmann equations, the
Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric, cosmological redshift, the
cosmic microwave background radiation, big-bang nucleosynthesis,
the thermal history of the Universe, inflation, dark matter and dark
energy.

Work, health and safety

We are governed by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and Codes of Practice. Penalties for non-compliance have increased. Everyone has a responsibility for health and safety at work. The University’s Work Health and Safety policy explains the responsibilities and expectations of workers and others, and the procedures for managing WHS risks associated with University activities. 

General Laboratory Safety Rules

  • No eating or drinking is allowed in any laboratory under any circumstances
  • A laboratory coat and closed-toe shoes are mandatory
  • Follow safety instructions in your manual and posted in laboratories
  • In case of fire, follow instructions posted outside the laboratory door
  • First aid kits, eye wash and fire extinguishers are located in or immediately outside each laboratory
  • As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that you have a current tetanus immunisation. This can be obtained from University Health Service: unihealth.usyd.edu.au/

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