ASTRO340 : Cosmology

(Prof. Richard Mushotzky)
High Energy Astrophysics Picture of the Week
Astronomy Picture of the Day
  • Lecturer: Dr. Richard Mushotzky
  • Time: T Th 9:30-10:45
  • Dates: Jan 26 - May12 2015
  • Room: CSS 2400
  • Office: PSC 1111
  • Off. Hrs Tues Thurs 11:00-12:30
  • TA: Kyle Elliott
  • Office: Undergraduate Lounge in CSS
  • Off. Hrs Tues-Thurs 5:00-6:00pm


Introductory Lecture

Second Lecture

Third Lecture

Fourth Lecture Newton's Laws, Galilean Relatvity and Gravity

Fifth Lecture Newton's Laws etc Age of earth; Intro to reference Frames

Sixth Lecture Principles of Space and Time

Seventh Lecture Special Relativity

Eight Lecture- Time Dilation, Length Contraction Simultaneity

Ninth Lecture- Start of General Relativity

10th Lecture- Second General Relativity Lecture

11th Lecture- Third General Relativity + Black Holes Lecture

12th Lecture- Expansion of the Universe

13th Lecture The Shape of the Universe and Cosmological Models

14th Lecture The Cosmological Models

15th Lecture Microwave Background- CMB

16th The Very Early Universe

17th Nucelosynthesis and Weighing the Universe

18th What kind of Universe do we live in ?

19th How Do Things Form ? I

20th How Do Things Form ? II

21st Four Cosmic Puzzles

22nd Inflation

23rd The End

24th The Big Summary


Homework 1

Homework 2

Homework 3

Homework 4

Homework 5

Homework 6

Some interesting articles

Article on History of Science, Science Magazine 2009

Exploratorium Article by Phil and Phyllis Morrison on ancient cosmology

Eratosthenes and the Size of the Earth

Maxwells Equations and the Speed of Light- History

Cosmic Times- Story of the Solar Eclipse Test of GR

The Great Shapley-Curtis Debate on the Size of the Universe

Some of the History of Cold Dark Matter

Popular Version of Origin of Universe The Friedman equation (some deeper math) and its consequences

Overview of Cosmology- High Level but mostly accesible