Physics 20B - Cosmology

Physics 20B: Cosmology (Winter 2015, UC Irvine). Instructor: Professor James Bullock. Cosmology is the study of the origin and evolution of the Universe itself - the totality of phenomena of time and space. Cosmology is the oldest science, and the "biggest" field of study that exists. By the end of this course, you will have tackled oldest questions in the Universe: Has the Universe always existed? Did time have a beginning? How did we come to believe that the Universe expands? What is a black hole?

During this course, you'll have the opportunity to study the cosmos from the modern perspective - what we know and what we're not sure about. We will discuss the historical context of how we came to believe what we believe and some of the important historical figures who shaped our modern understanding: Ptolemy, Newton, Einstein, Rubin etc.

Introduction to Cosmology

Lecture 01 - Introduction to Cosmology
Lecture 02 - The Dawn of Science
Lecture 03 - Revolutions
Lecture 04 - Kepler's Laws
Lecture 05 - Isaac Newton
Lecture 06 - Gravity - Architect of Heavens
Lecture 07 - Glimpsing the Solar System
Lecture 08 - Exploring the Cosmic Landscape
Lecture 09 - Telescopes - Extending Our Senses
Lecture 10 - Light in the Universe
Lecture 11 - Light and the Elemental Composition of the Universe
Lecture 12 - Energy and the Sun
Lecture 13 - From Atoms to the Cosmos
Lecture 14 - Exploring the Stars
Lecture 15 - Discovering the Milky Way
Lecture 16 - Grand Tour of the Galaxy
Lecture 17 - Universe of Galaxies
Lecture 18 - Cities of Stars
Lecture 19 - Albert Einstein and Black Holes
Lecture 20 - The Expanding Universe
Lecture 21 - Quasars and the Meaning of Cosmic Expansion
Lecture 22 - Dark Matter and Dark Energy
Lecture 23 - The Big Bang
Lecture 24 - Review of Modern Cosmology

Physics 20B: Cosmology
Instructor: Professor James Bullock. Winter Quarter 2015. Syllabus. Lectures [PDF]. Schedule. Assignments. Solution Sets and Study Guide.