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waynehu

## Professor,
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

University of Chicago

# Introduction to Cosmology

## Astro 243

TTh 2:00-3:20 KPTC 309

Office Hours: Th 3:20-4:20

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Grader: Rostom Mbarek

The textbook for this course is Ryden: Introduction to Cosmology 2nd Edition,
Cambridge University Press 2017.

Grades will be based on problem sets
(50%), in class midterm (20%)
and final (30%).

## Syllabus

Expansion of the Universe, Ch 2

Cosmic geometry, Ch 3,6

Cosmic dynamics and composition, Ch 4,5

Dark matter and energy, Ch 5,7

Midterm Tuesday 5/1

Hot big bang and origin of species, Ch 9

Inflation, Ch 10

Cosmic microwave background, Ch 8

Gravitational instability and structure formation, Ch 11,12

Final: canonical hours Monday, June 4, 6:30-8:30pm, KPTC 309; seniors Thurs, May 31,
2:30-4:30, KPTC 309

## Problem Sets

Problem sets will be posted here as the class progresses. Solution sets will be handed out in class.
PS 1: Due 4/5

PS 2: Due 4/12

PS 3: Due 4/19

PS 4: Due 4/26

PS 5: Due 5/10

PS 6: Due 5/17

PS 7: Due 5/24

## Lecture Notes

Lecture notes to supplement the textbook (work in progress, finalized after each lecture)
Set 1: Expansion of the Universe

Set 2: Cosmic Geometry

Set 3: Cosmic Dynamics

Set 4: Dark Matter and Energy

Set 5: Hot Big Bang and Origin of Species

Set 6: Inflation

Set 7: CMB and Large Scale Structure

Set 8: Nonlinear Structure

## Supplemental Material

Provided for background knowledge and/or advanced students (you are not responsible for this material)
Set 1: Statistical Mechanics

Set 2: Inflationary Perturbations