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Astronomy 396C - Spring 2003
Elements of Cosmology
Unique No. 46090 · TTH 9:30-11 · RLM 7.104

Professor

Steven Weinberg
Office: RLM 9.306A
Phone: (512) 471-4394

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As a source book, I recommend but do not require my book Gravitation and Cosmology (Wiley, 1972). It is out of date, and I will not follow it closely. Grades will be based on 2 or 3 take-home problem sets plus a final examination, which may or may not be take home. Anyone who wants can take or audit this course, but although I will give a brief introduction to general relativity for the first week or so, it is recommended that those who take this course for credit should already have some familiarity with general relativity.



Syllabus


I  The Expansion of the Universe
  1. Spacetime Geometry

  2. The Cosmological Redshift

  3. Distances at Small Redshift: The Hubble Constant

  4. Dynamics of Expansion

  5. Distances at Large Redshift: Vacuum Energy?

  6. Cosmic Expansion or Tired Light

  7. Ages

  8. Masses

  9. Intergalactic Absorption

  10. Number Counts

  11. Gravitational Lenses

  12. Scalar Fields

  13. Horizons

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14 January 2003
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