IDS160B - Relativisitic Astrophysics and Cosmology - Syllabus

Instructor: George Smoot

Spring Semester 1995

Text for 160B:
Gerhard Borner, The Early Universe: Fact and Fiction, 2nd ed. (1992).
Matts Roos, Introduction to Cosmology, Wiley (1994).

Supplementary texts (for reserve and for the use of the instructor in preparing lectures):
Dirac, The General Theory of Relativity, Wiley (1975)
Ohanian & Ruffini, Gravitation and SpaceTime, 2nd ed. (1994)
Longair, High Energy Astrophysics, 2nd ed. (1992--93);
Narlikar, Introduction to Cosmology, Cambridge 2nd ed. (1993)
Shapiro and Teukolsky, Black Holes, White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars (1983 --- paperback addition available);
Rowan-Robinson, The Cosmological Distance Ladder (1985);
J. Frank, A.R. King and D.J. Raine, Accretion Power in Astrophysics, 2nd ed. (1992 --- paperback edition available);
Alan Lightman et al, Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation (1975)

IDS 160B. Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology (4 units)
Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.
Prerequisites: Senior standing in Astronomy or in Physics, or permission of the instructor. IDS160A, Physics 112, and either Physics 110A-B or Physics 137A-B. A prior knowledge of Astrophysics comparable to that offered in Astronomy 7 is useful but not required.
Elements of general relativity. Physics of pulsars, cosmic rays and black holes. The cosmological distance scale, elementary cosmological models, properties of galaxies and quasars. The mass density and age of the Universe. Evidence for dark matter, and concepts of the early Universe and of galaxy formation. Reflections on astrophysics as a probe of the extrema of physics.

Postscript version of the original course syllabus.

IDS 160B: Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology
45 lecture hours --- 30 lectures --- 4 units 3 hours/week lecture, 1 hour/week discussion

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