PHYS 380: Cosmology Short Course (1hr) - Spring (12) 2014
Instructor: Mark Taylor
Office: Gerstacker 118
MWF 4:15-6:00, Tues. 1:00-4:00, Thurs. 1:00-4:00, Sunday 3:00-6:00.
Also, feel free to stop by at other times, call me, or send me email.
Monday 7:00-8:00, Gerstacker 123
An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, 2nd ed., by Andrew Liddle (on library reserve)
Other References: Dark Side of The Universe: Dark matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Cosmos by Iain Nicolson
Cosmology is the study of the origins and evolution of the universe as a whole. In this short course we will explore the current standard model of cosmology (known as the Lambda-CDM model). In this model the universe begins with a hot big bang followed by a period of extremely rapid expansion, known as inflation, followed by a much slower expansion and cooling that persists to the present day. Current observational evidence (including cosmic background radiation, supernova studies, and galaxy rotation curves) strongly suggests that the universe is "flat" and is comprised primarily of dark energy (related to Einstein's cosmological constant Lambda) and cold dark matter (CDM). Although cosmology is typically studied as an application of general relativity, the fundamental describing equations can be obtained from Newtonian mechanics and thermodynamics at the level of PHYS 213.
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