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  • The course grade will be evaluated on the basis of:
    75% homework (6 homework assignments)
    25% class attendance
  • The lowest homework score will be dropped (so you can miss one homework).
  • The following grading scale will be used: 80+=A; 70-79=B; 60-69=C; 50-59=D. Any average below 50 is failing.

Class Attendance

  • I will check your attendance by asking you to sign the class-attendance sheet at every class. The class attendance will be counted toward the final grade.
  • I strongly recommend that you attend classes. The lecture notes cover the materials only briefly and are probably difficult for you to understand if you only read them and do not attend classes. Although I will basically follow the contents of the lecture notes, many that are not in the notes will be lectured in class.
  • Please sit on the front seats - do not sit in the back! I will mainly use chalkboard, and the lecture room is too large for you to read what I write on the chalkboard if you sit far in the back. Also, please let me know if you cannot read things on the chalkboard.
  • Feel free to ask any questions during or after lecture.
  • Do not leave the lecture room until lecture ends.

Course Schedule

Printable Course Schedule (pdf)

(HS=Help Sessions; HW=Homework)

Aug 30
Orientation/Notation, Units and Conventions
Sep 4-20
HS on Sep 21 (F)
HW#1 due Sep 27 (Th)
Physics of an Expanding Universe
(3 weeks)
Sep 25-Oct 11
HS on Oct 15 (M)
HW#2 due Oct 18 (Th)
The Cosmic Microwave Background
(3 weeks)
Oct 16,18
The Origin of Light Elements
(1 week)
Oct 23,25
HS on Oct 29 (M)
HW#3 due Nov 1 (Th)
Dark Matter and Dark Energy
(1 week)
Oct 30-Nov8
HS on Nov 12 (M)
HW#4 due Nov 15 (Th)
Evolution of Cosmological Fluctuations
(2 weeks)
Nov 13-20
HS on Nov 26 (M)
HW#5 due Nov 29 (Th)
Formation of Large-scale Structure
(1.5 weeks)
Nov 22
(Thanksgiving Holiday)

Nov 27-Dec 6
HS on Dec 3 (M)
HW#6 due Dec 6 (Th)
Cosmic Inflation
(2 weeks)

*Help sessions will be held at RLM 15.216B from 5-6pm (as specified above).

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27 August 2007
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