ASTRO340 : Cosmology

(Prof. Richard Mushotzky)
High Energy Astrophysics Picture of the Week
Astronomy Picture of the Day
  • Lecturer: Dr. Richard Mushotzky
  • Time: T Th 2:00-3:15pm
  • Dates:1 Jan 26 - May16 2012
  • Room: CSS 2400
  • Office: CSS 1104
  • Off. Hrs Tues, Thurs 10:00-11:00
  • TA: Ron Ballouz
  • Office: CSS 0224A
  • Off. Hrs,Weds 2-3pm


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 Introductory Lecture

Second Lecture Early Ideas About Cosmology

Third Lecture Cosmology of the Scientific Revolution

Fourth Lecture Newtonian Physics

Fifth Lecture Newtonian Physics and the Age of the Earth

First Homework

Second Homework

Third Homework

Homework 3

Homework 3 solutions

Homework 4

Homework 5

Sixth Lecture Principles of Space and Time

Sixth Lecture-much smaller file

Seventh Lecture Special Relativity

Eighth Lecture Special Relativity II

Ninth Lecture Special Relativity III+ Intro to GR

10th Lecture General Relativity I

11th Lecture General Relativity II

12th Lecture General Relativity III+part of Black Holes

13th Black Holes Size of the Universe

14th Size of the Universe

15th Cosmological Principles I

16th Cosmological Principles II

17th Microwave Background

18th Early Universe and Nucelosynthesis

19th Weighing the Universe and the Need for Dark Matter

20th Evidence for Dark Energy, Age of the Universe, Curvature

21th Galaxy Formation I

22th Galaxy Formation II (no movies)

23rd Galaxy Formation III

24th Four Cosmic Puzzles

25th Inflation

26th The End

Class summary


Homework 1

Homework 1 solution

Homework 2

Homework 2 solutions

Homework 3

Homework 3 solutions

Homework 4

Homework 4 solutions

Homework 5

Homework 5 solutions

Homework 6

Homework 6 solutions


Movies shown in class Relativistic Simultaneity

Coriolis forces

Falling into a Black Hole

Precession of the Orbit of Mercury

Gravitational Lensing

Planets Found by Kepler

Ptolmaic Epicycles and Homer Simpson