Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Chicago

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Introduction to Cosmology

Astro 243
TTh 2:00-3:20 KPTC 101
Office Hours: T 3:20-4:20

Grader: Huanqing Chen

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%).


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


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: seniors (Thurs June 6, 9:30-11:30, ERC 583); regular (Thurs June 13, 1:30-3:30 KPTC 101)

Problem Sets

Problem sets will be posted here as the class progresses. Solution sets will be handed out in class.

Lecture Notes

Lecture notes to supplement the textbook (may be updated throughout the course)

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