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2022 Lecture Notes

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2022 Lecture Slides:

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1 Wednesday
09/07/22
Welcome to 8.286 PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
1 Wednesday
09/07/22
Slides for Opening Lecture: Overview
Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse, Part 1
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2 Monday
09/12/22
Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse, Part 2
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3 Wednesday
09/14/22
The Doppler Effect and Special Relativity
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4 Monday
09/19/22
Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse, Part 3
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4 Monday
09/19/22
The Kinematics of a Homogeneously Expanding Universe
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5 Wednesday
09/21/22
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 1
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6 Monday
09/26/22
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 2
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7 Wednesday
09/28/22
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 3
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8 Monday
10/03/22
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 4; Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 1
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10* Wednesday
10/12/22
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 2
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11 Monday
10/17/22
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 3
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12 Wednesday
10/19/22
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 4
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13 Monday
10/24/22
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 5
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14 Wednesday
10/26/22
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe
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15 Monday
10/31/22
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 2
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16 Wednesday
11/2/22
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 3
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17 Monday
11/7/22
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 4
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20** Wednesday
11/16/22
The Cosmological Constant
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21 Monday
11/21/22
The Cosmological Constant, Part 2
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22 Wednesday
11/23/22
Problems of the Conventional (Non-Inflationary) Hot Big Bang Model
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23 Monday
11/28/22
Grand Unified Theories and the Magnetic Monopole Problem
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24 Wednesday
11/30/22
Grand Unified Theories and the Magnetic Monopole Problem, Part 2
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25 Monday
12/5/22
Grand Unified Theories and the Magnetic Monopole Problem, Part 3;
Cosmic Inflation!

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27*** Monday
12/12/22
Cosmic Inflation, Part 2
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28 Wednesday
12/14/22
Cosmic Inflation, Part 3
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* There are no slides from Class 9, which was Quiz 1.

** There are no slides from Class 18 or 19, which were Quiz 2, and an all-blackboard discussion of Notes on Thermal Equilibrium.

*** There are no slides from Class 26, which was Quiz 3.

Compilation of all Lecture Slides (1-28, 2022)


2022 Problem Sets:

Problem Set #1: Due Friday, September 16, 2022 PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #2: Due Monday, September 26, 2022* PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #3: Due Saturday, October 1, 2022** PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #4: Due Saturday, October 15, 2022** PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #5: Due Saturday, October 22, 2022** PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #6: Due Saturday, October 29, 2022** PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #7: Due Saturday, November 5, 2022** PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #8: Due Saturday, November 19, 2022** PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #9: Due Saturday, December 3, 2022** PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
   Related Links:
  • Perlmutter et al. 1998 Supernova Ia Data: [ TEXT | CSV | EXCEL ]
    This data is taken from Tables 1 and 2 of http://arXiv.org/abs/astro-ph/9812133, later published as Perlmutter et al., Astrophysical Journal 517:565--586 (1999).
  • Riess et al. 2004 Supernova Ia Data. [ TEXT | CSV | EXCEL ]
    This data is taken from Table 5 of http://arXiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0402512, published as Riess et al., Astrophysical Journal 607:665-687 (2004).
    The graph shown as Figure 4 of the paper apparently includes all the supernova measured with the HST (Hubble Space Telescope), and all the supernova classified as "gold".
Problem Set #10: Due Wednesday, December 14, 2022*** PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem set due at 5:00 pm, by upload to Canvas.
* Problem set due at 11:00 pm, by upload to Canvas.
Please ignore previously anounced deadline of 5:00 pm.
** Problem set due at 12:00 noon, by upload to Canvas.
*** Problem set due at 11:00 am, by upload to Canvas.
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For historians:

Compilation of all Problem Sets (1-10, 2022)

Compilation of all Problem Set Solutions (1-10, 2022)

2022 Quizzes:

Review Problems for Quiz 1: PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
   Quiz 1: PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
   Quiz 1 Solutions: PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Review Problems for Quiz 2:
Revised 11/3/22 9:30 pm to fix solution bookmarks.
PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
   Quiz 2: PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
   Quiz 2 Solutions: PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Review Problems for Quiz 3:
Revised 12/3/22 11:30 pm to include solution to Problem 20.
PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
   Quiz 3: PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
   Quiz 3 Solutions: PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)

Compilation of all quiz files Quizzes, Solutions, and Review Problems (2022)


2022 Grade Histograms:

Quiz 1, with cuts PDF
Quiz 2, with cuts PDF
Quiz 3, with cuts PDF
Midterm Weighted Average, with Extra Credit, 11/22/22,
including Problem Sets 1-6 and Quizzes 1-2, with cuts
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Problem Set Averages, with Extra Credit, with cuts PDF (1up)
Total Weighted Averages, without Extra Credit, with cuts PDF (1up)
Total Weighted Averages, with Extra Credit, with cuts PDF (1up)


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