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2020 Lecture Notes

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2020 Lecture Slides:

Format Size: Slides
10.67 x 8 in
Letter (4up)
11 x 8.5 in
1 Wednesday
09/02/20
Welcome to 8.286 PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
1 Wednesday
09/02/20
Slides for Opening Lecture: Overview
Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse, Part 1
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
3 Monday
09/14/20
Overview, Continued:
Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse, Part 2
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
3 Monday
09/14/20
The Kinematics of a Homogenously Expanding Universe
(Did not reach these slides in class.)
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
4 Wednesday
09/16/20
The Kinematics of a Homogenously Expanding Universe PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
5 Monday
09/21/20
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 1
    given by Bruno Scheihing
PDF (1 up)  
6 Wednesday
09/23/20
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 2
(Corrected, 9/25/20: on pp. 9-11, some H's are now Hi)
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
7 Monday
09/28/20
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 3 PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
9 Monday
10/5/20
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 4 PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
9 Monday
10/5/20
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
10 Wednesday
10/7/20
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 2
   (Modified 10/23/20 to mark end of slides reached in class)
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
11 Tuesday
10/13/20
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 3
   (Modified 10/23/20 to add a note and to mark end of slides reached in class)
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
12 Wednesday
10/14/20
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 4
   (Modified 10/23/20 to correct some indices and to mark end of slides reached in class)
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
13 Monday
10/19/20
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 5, and Black-Body Radiation
and the Early History of the Universe

   (Modified 10/23/20 to mark end of slides reached in class)
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
14 Wednesday
10/21/20
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 2
   (Modified 10/23/20 to correct the value of h0)
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
15 Monday
10/26/20
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 3
   (Modified 10/26/20 to mark end of slides reached in class)
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
17 Monday
11/2/20
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 4 PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
18 Wednesday
11/4/20
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 5 PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
19 Monday
11/9/20
The Cosmological Constant PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
20 Monday
11/16/20
The Cosmological Constant, Part 2 PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
21 Wendesday
11/18/20
The Cosmological Constant, Part 3, and
Problems of the Conventional (Non-Inflationary) Hot Big Bang Model
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
22 Monday
11/30/20
Problems of the Conventional (Non-Inflationary) Hot Big Bang Model, Part 2, and
Grand Unified Theories and the Magnetic Monopole Problem
PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
24 Monday
12/7/20
Grand Unified Theories and the Magnetic Monopole Problem PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)
25 Wednesday
12/9/20
The Inflationary Universe PDF (1 up) PDF (4 up)

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Compilation of all lecture slides (through Class 14, updated 10/23/20).

For historians: Earlier versions of lecture slides.


2020 Lecture Videos:

1 Wednesday
09/02/20
Welcome to 8.286; Overview: Inflationary Cosmology:
Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse, Part 1
2 Wednesday
09/09/20
The Doppler Effect and Special Relativity
3 Monday
09/14/20
Overview: Inflationary Cosmology:
Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse, Part 2

(Sorry, didn't start video until after the first 30 minutes.)
4 Wednesday
09/16/20
The Kinematics of a Homogenously Expanding Universe
5 Monday
09/21/20
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 1
    given by Bruno Scheihing
6 Wednesday
09/23/20
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 2
7 Monday
09/28/20
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 3
(Sorry, didn't start video quite at the beginning. See the announcements on the slides.)
9 Monday
10/05/20
The Dynamics of Newtonian Cosmology, Part 4, and Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces
10 Wednesday
10/07/20
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 2
(Sorry, video started 20 mins late!)
11 Tuesday
10/13/20
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 3
12 Wednesday
10/14/20
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 4
13 Monday
10/19/20
Introduction to Non-Euclidean Spaces, Part 5, and
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe
14 Wednesday
10/21/20
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 2
15 Monday
10/26/20
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 3
17 Monday
11/2/20
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 4
18 Wednesday
11/4/20
Black-Body Radiation and the Early History of the Universe, Part 5
19 Monday
11/9/20
The Cosmological Constant
20 Monday
11/16/20
The Cosmological Constant, Part 2
21 Wednesday
11/18/20
The Cosmological Constant, Part 3, and
Problems of the Conventional (Non-Inflationary) Hot Big Bang Model
22 Monday
11/30/20
Problems of the Conventional (Non-Inflationary) Hot Big Bang Model and
Grand Unified Theories and the Magnetic Monopole Problem
24 Monday
12/7/20
Grand Unified Theories and the Magnetic Monopole Problem, Part 2
25 Wednesday
12/9/20
The Inflationary Universe


2020 Problem Sets:

Problem Set #1: Due Friday, September 11, 2020* PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #2: Due Monday, September 21, 2020*
Please ignore the earlier due date written on the problem set.
PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #3: Due Friday, September 25, 2020* PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #4: Due Friday, October 9, 2020* PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #5: Due Friday, October 16, 2020* PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #6: Due Friday, October 23, 2020* PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #7: Due Friday, November 6, 2020* PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #8: Due Friday, November 20, 2020* 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".
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
Problem Set #9: Due Wednesday, December 9, 2020* PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
       Solutions:   PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
* Problem sets are due at 5:00 pm, by upload to Canvas.
  Like the 4-up option for slides, the 2-up option is intended mainly for printing.

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 10/27/20, to fix numbering of solutions.)
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: PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
   Quiz 3: PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)
   Quiz 3 Solutions: PDF (1 up) PDF (2 up)

For historians: Original 10/20/20 version of Review Problems for Quiz 2.


2020 Grade Histograms:

Quiz 1, with cuts PDF (1up)
Quiz 2, with cuts PDF (1up)
Quiz 3, with cuts PDF (1up)
Problem Set Averages, with Extra Credit, with cuts PDF (1up)
Total Weighted Averages, with Extra Credit, with cuts PDF (1up)


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