PHYS4231 Planets and Cosmology 4 (2012/13)
18 lectures + 3 workshops in Epiphany Term
Syllabus: Observational overview and the expansion of the Universe, the cosmological principle (homogeneity and isotropy), Newtonian gravity and the Friedmann equation, the geometry of the Universe, solutions of Friedmannʼs equations, the age of the Universe, weighing the Universe, the cosmological constant, general relativistic cosmology (the metric and Einstein equations), classic cosmology (distances and luminosities), type Ia SNe and galaxy number counts, the cosmic microwave background, the thermal history of the Universe, primordial nucleosynthesis, dark matter, problems with the hot big bang, inflation, current constraints on cosmological parameters.
18 lectures + 3 workshops in Michaelmas Term
Additional: Physics of Planetary Interiors, G.H. Cole (Adam Hilger)
Syllabus: Overview of the Solar System, orbital dynamics, planetary interiors, planetary atmospheres, formation of the Solar System, extrasolar planets.
2 lectures in Easter Term, one by each lecturer.
Lectures: 2 one-hour lectures per week.
Workshops: 1 one-hour workshop every 3 weeks
Students should discuss with the lecturer the qualities expected in the dissertation, but an indication of these is given in the mark proforma used for assessment. The proforma will be made available to students for their information at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term. The dissertation is summatively assessed.
The marked dissertations along with the completed proformas (giving the marks awarded for the dissertation) will be returned to students before the end of the Epiphany Term.
Problem exercises: See http://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/problems/