Astronomy 682

Introduction to Cosmology

Winter Quarter 2001

Mon Wed Fri 1:30pm - 2:48pm

1008 McPherson Laboratory


Instructor: Prof. Barbara Ryden
Office: 4035 McPherson Lab
Office Hours: Mon Wed 9:30 am - noon (or by appointment)
Phone: 292-4562
E-Mail: ryden@astronomy.ohio-state.edu

Textbook:
An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, by Andrew Liddle (Wiley, 1999)

Exams & Grading

Problem sets will be assigned on Wednesday, and will be due on the following Wednesday, at the beginning of class. The problem sets will count for 50% of your total grade. The in-class midterm will take place on Monday, February 5. The final exam is scheduled for Monday, March 12, at 1:30 pm. The midterm and final will each count for 25% of your grade.

Tentative course schedule

Week 1: Introduction, Observational overview (chapters 1, 2)

Week 2: Newtonian gravity, Einsteinian gravity (ch. 3)

Week 3: Cosmological models (ch. 4)

Week 4: Geometry and evolution of the universe (ch. 5)

Week 5: Observational parameters and the age of the universe (ch. 6, 7)

Week 6: MIDTERM, Dark matter and the cosmological constant (ch. 8)

Week 7: Cosmic microwave background (ch. 9)

Week 8: Big Bang nucleosynthesis (ch. 10, 11)

Week 9: The inflationary universe (ch. 12)

Week 10: Large scale structure of the universe (ch. 13, 14, 15)

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Prof. Barbara Ryden (ryden@astronomy.ohio-state.edu)

Updated: 2001 Jan 1

Copyright 2001, Barbara Ryden