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2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS2051 Cosmology

10 creditsClass Size: 123

Module manager: Dr R D Oudmaijer
Email: r.d.oudmaijer@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2005/06

Pre-requisites

PHYS1180 (Galaxies and the Universe) recommended but not essential.

This module is approved as an Elective

Objectives

On completion of this module you should be able to:
- identify the observational evidence for a Big Bang;
- derive and utilize the equations that describe the evolution of the universe;
- explain methods used to measure fundamental cosmological parameters;
- discuss possible problems of the Big Bang Theory;
- outline the ideas behind the formation of structure in the Universe.

Syllabus

I) Observational Clues for Big Bang Cosmology: Hubble Expansion, Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, Primordial Helium, Dark Matter
II) Cosmological Model Building: Friedmann Equations and their solutions
III) Observational Effort to Measure Fundamental Parameters: Hubble Diagram, Case study on current efforts, Meaning of the Cosmological Constant
IV) The Early Universe: Time dependence, Planck scales
V) Problems with Big Bang and (need for) Inflation: Horizon, Flatness, Vacuum energy, GUTs
VI) Structure Formation: CMBR anisotropies, Jeans mass

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Lectures: 22 x 1 hour;


Tutorials: 3 x 1 hour.

Private study

Examples: 25 hours;
Reading: 50 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

10 weekly problem sheets counting towards 15%.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

1 x 2 hour examination: 85%;
Marked weekly exercises: 15%.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/04/2005

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