Cosmology - Material for the year 2020-2021

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External Lecturer(s): 
Prof. Pedro Ferreira
General Prerequisites: 

General Relativity I (MT) or equivalent.

Course Term: 
Course Weight: 
1.00 unit(s)

Assessment type:

Course Overview: 

16 lectures
Areas: Astro, PT
Homework deadline are: Fridays weeks 4 and 7, at 5pm.
Link to submit your homework to your TA Harry Desmond:

Classes to be held in 5th and 8th weeks (online via Zoom, 90 minutes each, times TBD)
The problem sets may be found here: If you click on “Problem sets” you will be redirected to a Dropbox page where you can download all problems. They can also be found
at the end of the lecture notes. Please complete the following problems for the two tutorials, where X.Y means
problem Y in problem set X:
• Week 5: 1.1-5 and 2.1-2.
• Week 8: 2.3, 2.5, 3.1-3, 4.1-2.
Solutions should be uploaded to the tutor’s virtual pigeonhole.

Course Synopsis: 

Einstein field equations and the Friedman equations, universe models, statistics of expanding background,
relativistic cosmological perturbations, observations, from the Hubble flow to the CMB.