Professor
Eiichiro Komatsu
Course Website
TA
Beth Fernandez


Downloadable syllabus (
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Course Objectives
This course will provide the basic physical principles of modern cosmology.
The lectures will cover the expansion of the universe, kinematical and
thermodynamical evolution of the universe, the Big Bang model, the origin
of light elements, the cosmic microwave background, theory of cosmological
fluctuations, formation of largescale structure, cosmic inflation, the origin
of cosmological fluctuations, dark matter and dark energy, and observational
cosmology. Since some topics require knowledge of special and general relativity,
introduction to special and general relativity needed for cosmology will be provided
when it is necessary.
Prerequisites
None
Textbook
No required text book  lecture notes will be provided.
Class & Help Sessions
 Class meets at RLM 15.216B on TTh 2:003:30.
 Help sessions will be scheduled for help with the homework.
 Location: RLM 15.216B; Time: 56pm
Homework & Exams
 There will be 6 homework assignments. These will be written assignments
and reports. The assignments will involve problemsolving and math.
 Homework assignments will not be counted after the due date. Homework can be done
in groups (and I encourage this) but you must hand in your own work. Homeworks that are
duplicates will have severe penalties. You may get help on homework from the professor
or TA during office hours, help sessions, or by appointment.
 No midterm or final exams.
