- The student can formulate the influence of gravity on the structure and evolution of the Universe apply this in Newtonian setting.
- The students understands the role of observations in the shaping of the modern cosmological theories
- The student knows the different phases in the evolution of the Universe
- The student can see the physical connection between the physics of the first year and the cosmological observations
- The student has developed an understanding of the outstanding questions that remain in Cosmology.
Cosmology is the study of the Universe on the largest scales. Big Bang Cosmology provides a remarkable description of the large scale properties of the Universe that we observe around us. In this course we will see how much of this model can be derived directly with Newtonian physics, and how this approach enables us to track the expansion history of the Universe. We will also investigate how this approach can be directly tested via a series of ongoing observations. We will also outline the outstanding questions that still remain in studies of the Universe, including the nature of dark matter and dark energy, and cosmological inflation (almost all from the viewpoint of Newtonian physics).
|quarter 1 till 3 of physics|
|Written exam; max 1 bonus point for tutorial|
This course fits within the research theme Astrophysics