Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe

ASTR/PHYS 328/428

Fall 2022
TR 11:30-12:45PM
Sears 552

Prof. Stacy McGaugh
stacy.mcgaugh [at] case.edu
Sears 558
368-1808

Office Hours
W 2-4PM


JWST early release image from CEERS
ASTR/PHYS 328/428

Fall 2022
TR 11:30-12:45PM
Sears 552

Textbook
Introduction to Cosmology
Second edition
Barbara Ryden

Other texts and literature
This link lists more in-depth material
including graduate level textbooks
and important journal articles.


Course Links

Calendar, Lecture Notes, & Slides

Course Description | Outline | Learning Outcomes | Course Work and Grades | Debate Project

Syllabus (the preceding links) in PDF format

Important dates

Homework Assignments
Problem Set 1
Problem Set 2
Problem Set 3
Problem Set 4
Problem Set 5

Course News
EXTENSION: Problem Set 5 is now due Tuesday Dec. 6, not Dec. 1.

I am altering the schedule. Pray I don't alter it any further.

In Spring 2023 Prof. McGaugh will lead a 2-credit special topics seminar on MOND as ASTR 497. A meeting time has not been set. Go ahead and register if interested and we will poll everyone to find an time that is acceptable. Grading will be P/NP with attendance and participation the basic requirement.

Useful Links

Some useful numbers
Astronomical magnitude systems
Cosmology Calculators: Ned Wright's cosmo calculator & Advanced calculator | iCosmos | links to more

arXiv e-print archive (astro-ph). Most physics & astronomy papers appear here as preprints
ADS (the NASA Astrophysical Data System), an excellent way to search the literature
Level 5, an Extragalactic Kowledgebase at NED

Supplementary Readings

Links to helpful literature by subject

Key results summary by John Peacock
Distance measures in cosmology by David Hogg
Deconstructing Cosmology by Bob Sanders
A Philosophical Approach to MOND by David Merritt

Tips from Prof. Mihos

Error propagation | Homework tips | Python help | astropy cosmology help & hints

Useless Links

The Dark Matter Flowchart
Monty Python's Galaxy Song (the quoted numbers are correct, as known at the time).