Ann E Nelson
Big bang cosmology; relativistic world models and classical tests; background radiation; cosmological implications of nucleosynthesis; baryogenesis; inflation; galaxy and large-scale structure formation; quasars; intergalactic medium; dark matter.
Big bang cosmology; Cosmic microwave background radiation; nucleosynthesis; baryogenesis; inflation; seeds of galaxy and large-scale structure formation; dark matter, dark energy.
Student learning goals
Become familiar with our current state of knowledge about the types of energy in the universe, and their effect on cosmology
How we know what we know about Big Bang Cosmology and the composition of the universe
Understand the evidence that the early Universe went through a period of inflationary expansion, which produced the seeds of inhomogeneities that grew into galaxies and structure
General method of instruction
lectures, class discussion, readings, problem sets.
Class assignments and grading
weekly short problem sets
100% of the grade is based on the problem sets.