Date Topic Notes Reading Homework
September 2 Course Overview, Syllabus, Introduction to Cosmology pdf Chpt. 1 & 2
4 Early Astronomy and Cosmologypdf Chpt. 2
9 The Scientific Revolution: Brahe to Newtonpdf Chpt. 2
11 Newton's Laws and Galilean Relativitypdf Chpt. 3 HW 1 [solutions, Kyle's key]
16 Newtonian Gravitypdf p. 165-179
18 The Universe, Circa 1900pdf Chpt. 7
23 The Special Theory of Relativity (I)pdf Chpt. 7
25 The Special Theory of Relativity (II) pdf Chpt. 7 & 8 HW 2 [solutions, Kyle's key]
30 The General Theory of Relativity (I) pdf Chpt. 8
October 2 The General Theory of Relativity (II) pdf Chpt. 8 & 9
7 Black Holes pdf Chpt. 9
9 Cosmological Principles pdf Chpt. 10 HW 3 [solutions, Kyle's key]
14 An Expanding Universe pdf Chpt. 10
16 Cosmological Models pdf
21 Midterm review pdf
23 Midterm exam solutions (pdf)
28 The Hot Big Bang and
the Cosmic Microwave Background
pdf
30 Particle Physics and the First Minute pdf
November 4 The Origin of the Elements pdf
6 Dark Matter (I) pdf HW 4 [solutions]
11 Dark Matter (II) & Dark Energy pdf
13 How Do Galaxies Form (I)? pdf
18 How Do Galaxies Form (II)? pdf
20 How Do Galaxies Form (III)? pdf HW 5 [solutions]
25 Cosmic Puzzles pdf
27 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 2 Inflation: A Super-Charged Expansion pdf
4 Questions for the Future pdf HW 6 [solutions]
9 Where Do We Go From Here? pdf
11 Review pdf
19 Final Exam (1:30pm — 3:30pm)


Textbook: Foundations of Modern Cosmology, J. Hawley & K. Holcomb (second edition)

Prof. Mike Boylan-Kolchin (Department of Astronomy)
Office: Physical Sciences Complex (PSC) 1105
Phone: 301.405.3026
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm, and by appointment email: mbk@astro.umd.edu

TA: Kyle Elliott
Office: CSS 1250
Office Hours:Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm, Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm
email: kelliot2@terpmail.umd.edu