Physics and Astronomy - Course Details



Fall, credits 3.


MA 162 and PHYS 220.

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Intended for science and engineering majors. Basic physics and math knowledge will be assumed. The picture of how the Universe came to be and how it has evolved has recently come into sharp focus. This progress is the result of improved observational techniques that have resulted in high resolution images of very distant galaxies, a more accurate mapping of the Large Scale Structure of the Universe or the high resolution picture of the young universe provided by Cosmic Microwave Background observations. We will present a historical perspective of how ideas and data have shaped Cosmology through the centuries. In addition, we will review the theoretical models that are in agreement with the current observations. Our goal will be to provide the students with a broad overview of the current research in Cosmology with an eye toward stimulating the students curiosity about the many questions still awaiting answers in this field.


Peterson, John


Textbook(s) for Fall 2016
Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
An Introduction to Modern Cosmology(Paperback) Andrew Liddle 3rd; May 18, 2015 978-1118502143 Wiley & Sons Optional

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