Spring 2008: PHYS 652 - Astrophysics

Instructor: Dr. Balša Terzić    bterzic@nicadd.niu.edu    (815) 753-1821

Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-4:00pm (or by appointment) Faraday West 230

Meeting time: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00-5:15pm

Textbook: Modern Cosmology, Scott Dodelson


       Homework Set #1          Due Monday, March 3, 2008
       Homework Set #2          Due Monday, April 7, 2008
       Homework Set #3          Due Monday, May 12, 2008

       Article 1
       Article 2
       Article 3
       Article 4

Lectures (all lectures and appendices)
       Lecture 1: Introduction, Outline and Motivation
       Lecture 2: Basic Concepts of General Relativity       (Appendix to Lecture 2     Lecture notes on SR by Professor Henry Kandrup)
       Lecture 3: Einstein's Field Equations
       Lecture 4: The Cosmological Metric
       Lecture 5: Solutions of Friedmann Equations
       Lecture 6: Age of the Universe        (Appendix to Lecture 6)
       Lecture 7: Cosmic Distances
       Lecture 8: Summary of Foundations of Cosmology
       Lecture 9: Cosmic Inventory I: Radiation        (Appendix to Lecture 9)
       Lecture 10: Cosmic Inventory II: Baryonic and Dark Matter
       Lecture 11: Cosmic Inventory II -- continued: Dark Matter Candidates
       Lecture 12: Cosmic Inventory III: Dark Energy
       Lecture 13: History of the Very Early Universe
       Lecture 14: Early Universe       (Appendix to Lecture 14)
       Lecture 15: Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (BBN) (continued)
       Lecture 16: Light Element Abundances and Recombination
       Lecture 17: Recombination and Dark Matter Production
       Lecture 18: Dark Matter Particle Production
       Lecture 19: Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
       Lecture 20: Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation -- continued
       Lecture 21: The Schwarzschild's Metric and Black Holes
       Lecture 22: Degeneracy of Matter
       Lecture 23: The Lane-Emden Equation
       Lecture 24: Galaxies: Classification and Treatment
       Lecture 25: Galaxies: Analytic Models
       Lecture 26: Galaxies: Numerical Models

Maple programs
       Solving ODE for the decay of neutron-nucleon ratio
       Plotting distances in the Universe with dark energy