Special Topics in Cosmology [Fall 2016]

Course Outline

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-4:45, 18 Washington Pl, LL05
Jeremy Tinker
522 Meyer Lab

Office Hours by appointmemnt.
Email contact: tinker.teaching.nyu[at]gmail.com
The above email address will be checked once a day. Emails sent to my work address will be ingored.

Final Exam:
In class (final day) Wednesday, December 14. (Open Book AND Open Note).
Review Session, TBA

Midterm Exam:
Wednesday, October 26. (Open Book AND Open Note).
Review Session, Tuesday October 25, 4-5pm
Review Topics


Reading Assignments: Modern Cosmology, Hawley & Holcomb
Weeks 1 & 2 (Sept 6, Sept 12): Chapters 1 and 2.
Weeks 2 & 3 (Sept 12, 14, 19): Chapters 3 and 4.
Weeks 3 & 4 (Sept 19, Sept 26): Chapters 6 and 7.
Weeks 5 (Oct 3): Chapter 8.
Weeks 6 & 7 (Oct 10): Chapter 10.
Weeks 8 & 9 (Oct 17): Chapter 11.
Week 9 (Oct 24): MidTerm Exam.
Week 10 (Oct 31): Age and Curvature: Chpt 5 for stars, Chpt 12 for CMB.
Week 11 (Nov 7): Distance-Redshift and Standard Candles, Chpts 5 and 13.
Week 12 (Nov 14): Inflation, Chpt 16

Slides from class lectures:
Intro, 7 Sept
Cosmological Distances, Sept 12
Newtonian Mechanics (Chpt 3), Sept 12
Waves and Light (Chpt 4), Sept 14
Relativity 1, Sept 19
Relativity 2, Sept 21
Relativity 3, Sept 26
General Relativity 1, Sept 26
General Relativity 2, Oct 5
Expanding Universe, Oct 12
Modeling Expansion, Oct 17
The Age and Curvature of the Universe, Oct 31
Standard Candles and the Distance-Redshift Relation, Nov 7
Inflation, Nov 14

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