Instructors: Marc
Kamionkowski

Cahill 322

x2563

kamion AT tapir.caltech.edu

Andrew Benson

Cahill 320

x4667

abenson AT
tapir.caltech.edu

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**TA:** Elisabeth Krause
(ekrause AT astro.caltech.edu; x4963, Cahill 369)

**Class times:** 10:30am-noon on Tuesdays and 2:30-4:00pm on Thursdays

**Class description: ** Basics of
physical cosmology

**Prerequisites:** Basic undergraduate
physics and the physics of radiative processes at the level of Ay121.

**Homework: **There will be problem sets
assigned the
first class of every week that will be due the first class of the
following
week, at which point solutions will be handed out. ** There
will
be no extensions. **Completion of all the homeworks, with one
exception,
is required for the class. If you turn in all
the
problem sets, your lowest score will be dropped when we calculate the
grade. You will get the most out of
the
class if you make a real effort to solve all the problems by
yourself. If you are truly stuck, you may consult the
literature, a
classmate, or TA for inspiration. However, once you have received
whatever minimal hints you need to get going, you should then go
back and solve the problems and write out the solutions entirely on
your own.

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**Grade: **50% homework
and 50% final exam. NOTE: Completion of ALL of the problem sets, and all on time (!!), is required.

**Some possibly useful books (on reserve in the
library):**

Principles of Physical
Cosmology (P. J. E. Peebles)

Galaxy Formation (M.
S. Longair)

Cosmological Physics
(J. Peacock)

Modern
Cosmology (S. Dodelson)

The Early Universe
(E. W. Kolb and M. S. Turner)

SYLLABUS AND READING ASSIGNMENTS

**NOTES **(Note
that these are provided with no guarantees; they are not proofread very
carefully, and mistakes may have crept in, there may be omissions, etc.
Use at your own risk!)**:**

**HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS:
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Problem Set 1 (due first class of week 2)

Problem Set 2 (due first class of week 3)Problem Set 3 (due first class of week 4)

Problem Set 4 (due first class of week 5)

Problem Set 5 (due first class of week 6)Problem Set 6 (due first class of week 7)

Problem Set 7 (due first class of week 8)

Problem Set 8 (due first class of week 9)

FINAL EXAM: Please take 3 contiguous hours to complete the exam, at your convenience. You can use class notes and homeworks/solutions; please do not use any books. A calculator is OK. The test will be due in Marc's office (Cahill 322) or mailbox (or to Shirley Hampton in 323 Cahill) by 12:00 noon on Monday, June 7, 2010. Please do not look at the exam until you are ready to take it. When you are ready to take the test, it can be found here.Last
updated 5/31/2010