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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 large-scale 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.
No required text book - lecture notes will be provided.
Class & Help Sessions
- Class meets at RLM 15.216B on TTh 2:00-3:30.
- Help sessions will be scheduled for help with the homework.
- Location: RLM 15.216B; Time: 5-6pm
Homework & Exams
- There will be 6 homework assignments. These will be written assignments
and reports. The assignments will involve problem-solving 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 mid-term or final exams.