PHYS3651 Planets and Cosmology 3 (2013/14)
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
Problem exercises: See http://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/problems/