This course presents the student with the standard
cosmological model. The theory as well as its observational tests will
be presented. Specific
topics covered along the way will include, dark energy, dark matter,
inflation, cosmic microwave radiation, structure formation,
gravitational lensing. The building blocks of extragalactic
astrophysics, i.e. galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and large scale
structures will also be discussed -- in the context of the cosmological
completion of the lower-division prerequisite
courses for the physics or engineering majors.
LECTURES: MW 9:30 - 10:45; PHELP3519
OFFICE HOURS AND CONTACT INFORMATION:
|Prof: Tommaso Treu
||M 2:30-3:30; W 11:00-12:00
|TA: Jared Brooks
Introduction to Cosmology, by Barbara S. Ryden; Addison Wesley.
20% homework (click here
for a list of
20% class participation
Grades will be assigned according to the following scheme:
Attendance is required. Please note that there will not be early or make-up exams. Calculators, lecture notes, and the two text books are permitted on the midterm and final exams. Additional material and cell-phones are not allowed. Homework is assigned weekly, and due on wednesdays at 4:00PM. No late homework will be accepted.
On the use of e-mail: e-mails to the professor should
contain the word Physics133 in the subject. Please note that e-mails
be answered as soon as possible, but we cannot guarantee answers in
less than 24 hours.
Reading assignments for each week can be found at the lecture
schedule. In order to get the most out of the lectures, you must read
each assignement before and after the lecture. The lectures will
highlight the main points of the subjects, not necessarily cover all
the topics in the readings. You are responsible for reading and
all the topics presented in the readings.
Useful Astro Surf Sites:
|http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/~seminars/astro/||UCSB Astro Talks|
|http://www.stsci.edu/resources/||Hubble Space Telescope|
|http://chandra.harvard.edu/||Chandra X-Ray Observatory|
||Spitzer Space Telescope