29::273 General Relativity and Cosmology Syllabus
Fall Semester 2004
Instructor: Prof. Yannick Meurice
The main topic of the course is Cosmology. The course will be taught in
such way that it can be taken by graduate
and undergraduate students who completed 29:129-130 and 29:140-141 .
We will introduce the basic ideas and equations of General Relativity
using the short monography of Dirac (see ref. below). We will
then discuss the cosmological principle
(hypothesis that the universe is homogeneous and isotropic), derive
simplified Einstein equations which follow from
this principle and discuss the treatement of perturbations. Recent
results concerning the cosmic microwave
background and observations of remote supernovae will be discussed
using "Modern Cosmology " by Scott Dodelson.
- Office:514 VAN
- Web page:http://www-hep.physics.uiowa.edu/~meurice or link
- Lectures: TTh 10:55 AM to 12:10 PM in Lecture Room 618 in the Van
- Office Hours: Mondays 10:45-11:45 AM , Tuesdays 9:40-10:40
and Thursdays 9:30-10:30 AM or by appointment
P. A. M. Dirac, General Theory of Relativity, Princeton, 1975.
S. Dodelson, Modern Cosmology , Academic Press, 2003.
A. Liddle, An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, Wiley, 2003.
P. J. Peebles, Principles of Physical Cosmology, Princeton, 1993.
S. Weinberg, Gravitation and Cosmology, Wiley, 1972.
A. Taylor and J. Wheeler, Exploring Black Holes, Addison-Wesley, 2000.
C. Misner, K. Thorne and J. Wheeler, Gravitation, Freeman, 1973.
H. Ohanian and R. Ruffini, Gravitation and Spacetime, Norton, 1994.
A. Linde, Particle Physics and Inflationary Cosmology, Harwood, 1990.
A reading assignment and a problem set will be provided each week
during the class. Assignments will be posted at
Examinations and Final
There will be two in-class exams during the semester. These two exams
will test the understanding of the basic material taught in class. The
final exam will test the ability to learn more advanced material.
The final grade will be calculated in the
following way: 20 points for the homeworks, 50 points for the in-class
and 30 points for the final exam.
Attendance at lectures is highly recommended but not required. You are
strongly encouraged to ask questions during the lectures.
There are no ``stupid questions''.
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right to adjudication of any complaints you have about classroom
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Student Academic Handbook (http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/).
You also have the right to expect a classroom environment that enables
you to learn, including modifications if you have a disability."
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and participation. (Here an instructor could put specific information
on his/her or the department's attendance policy.) You are also
expected to be honest and honorable in your fulfillment of assignments
and in test-taking situations (the College's policy on plagiarism and
cheating is on-line in the College's Student Academic Handbook http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/).
You have a responsibility to the rest of the class-and to the
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At the most basic level, this means that you will respect the other
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courtesy you hope to receive in turn."
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Sciences. This means that class policies on matters such as
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Students wishing to add or drop this course after the official deadline
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