Astrophysics and Relativity (PHYS2013)


This unit of study builds on the foundation provided by Junior Physics and first semester of Intermediate Physics, to provide introductions to Cosmology (Structure and evolution of the Universe), and Special Relativity (Space and time at high velocities). Practical: Experimental Physics is taught as a laboratory module and includes experiments in the areas of analysis of stellar images, electromagnetic phenomena, electronic instrumentation, quantum physics, and other topics. Assessment is based on mastery of each attempted experiment. At the end of the semester students may work in teams on a project. Students prepare a written report and oral presentation on their project or one experiment.

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Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures per week for 11 weeks and one 3-hour experimental laboratory per week for 12 weeks.


One 2-hour exam, assignments, practical work, practical report and oral presentation (100%)


Young and Freedman, University Physics with Modern Physics Technology Update, 13th edition. with Mastering Physics, Pearsons, 2014.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902) and (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911)

Assumed knowledge

(MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905)


PHYS2001 or PHYS2901 or PHYS2913 or PHYS2101 or PHYS2103


PHYS2012 or PHYS2912

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.