Co-requisites: MAS415

Aims/Description: Newton formulated his famous laws of mechanics and gravitation in the 17th century, but only later did it become clear, through the work of mathematicians Lagrange, Hamilton and Jacobi, that underlying Newton's work are deep mathematical structures. In the first semester, we will reformulate and unify mechanics and classical field theory (e.g. Maxwell's equations), starting with the stationary-action principle. We will derive Noether's theorem, which relates the symmetries of a system to conserved quantities in physics (such as energy, momentum and charge). In the second semester, we will explore Einstein's general theory of relativity, in which gravity arises through the curvature of spacetime. We will apply the mathematical tools of Riemannian geometry to explore some radical consequences of the theory, such as black holes, the big bang, and the expanding universe.

Staff Contact: JARVIS ASHLEY F
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Project/ portfolio

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