This course will
cover the entire evolution of the Universe, from the
early epoch of inflation to the formation of all the
complex structure we observe around us today. We will
start by exploring the fundamental assumptions
underpinning our current cosmological model, and
derive the key equations governing its evolution. We
will also discuss the global geometry of the Universe
and how to measure distances in an expanding Universe.
We will then turn our attention to the thermal
evolution, describing how the Universe went from a
primordial hot plasma to a world dominated by dark
matter and cold baryonic gas in the first million
years of the Universe. Finally, we will study how
structure forms in our Universe, from the quantum
origins of primordial fluctuations in the inflationary
epoch to the gravitational growth of perturbations in
a matter-dominated Universe.

Instructor
Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30am-12:30pm at my office
PAIS 3214 These are my preferred "office"
hours. If you can't make my regular office hours, or
if your questions cannot wait, please send me an email
to set up an appointment.

Teaching assistant
The teaching assistant is Loc Ngo (ngophucducloc1995@unm.edu).
He will be available Mondays 11:30am to 12:30pm for
you to come by in PAIS 3414 and
discuss any homework grading issues you may have. If
you need to schedule an appointment outside of the
TA's office hours please send him an email.

Grading

The grading in the course will be based on your
performance in homework assignments, two midterm
exams, and a final exam. The contribution to the final
grade is as follows:

Class participation and in-class worksheets will
count for 25% of the final grade.

Homework: there will be 6 assignments, which will
represent the 40% of the final grade.

A research paper and final presentation will
represent the 35% of the final grade.

If you missed a class in which a worksheet was worked
on, please do the worksheet on your own and hand in to
me at a later date to make sure you don't lose
participation points. You can find all worksheets in
the table below.

Homework assignments

There will be 6 assignments during the semester.
The assignments will be posted in the tentative schedule
about 15 days before they are due. The login
information necessary to access the homework PDFs
will be provided in the first class. The homework must be submitted in
class on the day they are due. Late
Homework assignments will be accepted but with a 25%
penalty for each day past the deadline. So a
homework handed-in within 24 hrs of the deadline
will carry a 25% penalty, one handed-in within 48
hrs will carry a 50% penalty, as so on. Let me know if you are
planning on submitting your homework late such
that I can delay the posting of the solutions.
The corresponding solutions will be posted here, and
homework assignments submitted after solutions
post will not be graded.

While I strongly
encourage you to discuss the homework
assignments with your classmates, the work you
hand in must be entirely yours.