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.
This course is intended for science majors. Knowledge of general physics and calculus will be required.
No required text book - lecture notes will be provided.
Class & Help Sessions
- Class meets at RLM 15.216B (Large Classroom) on TTh 9:30-11:00
- Help sessions will be scheduled for help with the homework. See "Course Schedule" for the dates.
(They will be held usually on Mondays.)
- o Location: RLM 15.216A (Edmonds Lounge); Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Homework & Exams
- There will be 5 homework assignments. These will be written assignments and reports. The
assignments will involve problem-solving, math, and making charts and graphs.
- 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 an assistant) during the office hours, help
sessions, homework session, or by appointment.
- No mid-term or final exams.