Cosmology: Our Changing Concepts of the Universe
Cosmology is the study of the large-scale properties of the universe.
In this class, we will consider such important questions as:
What is the origin of the universe? What is the fate of the universe?
What is the universe made of? How large is the universe? What is its
shape? What are the origin and evolution of all the structure we
see around us in the universe today? We will discuss the ways
in which astronomers and physicists try to address these questions,
and develop an understanding of cosmology for ourselves.
Office Hours: Monday 2:00-4:00 pm, Location: 3-326 PAB
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm; 1434A Physics and Astronomy (PAB)
1A Tuesday 4:00-4:50 pm; 2748 PAB
1B Tuesday 5:00-5:50 pm; 2748 PAB
Your Cosmic Context: An Introduction to Modern Cosmology (2009)
Duncan and Tyler
A simple calculator is HIGHLY recommended, though not required.
30%: Weekly assignments, simple quantitative problems
- Mid-Term: Thursday, February 9th, in class
30%: Combination of multiple choice, short answer, simple problems
- Final Exam: Tuesday, March 21st, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
40%: Combination of multiple choice, short answer, simple problems
Homework will be assigned roughly every week and is to be turned in at the beginning of class on the designated day. A total of 8 assignments will be given during the quarter. Homework turned in after the beginning of class on the due date will be considered late. Late homework may be turned in up to 1 week after the due date, at a penalty of 20% reduction in score. After one week, we will return graded homework. No homework is accepted after that.