AST3220 – Cosmology I
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
This course provides an introduction to cosmological models, important eras in the history of the universe, including inflation and the generation of inhomogeneities by quantum fluctuations.
After completing this course:
- you will be able to define the principles and equations that are the foundation of models of the universe in the general theory of relativity.
- you will be able to explain important cosmological observations and how they are used to determine the characteristics of the Universe.
- you will know how to describe, qualitatively and quantitatively, important eras in the history of the universe: inflationary phase, radiation dominated phase with disengagement of dark matter and neutrinos, nucleosynthesis, matter dominated universe, recombination and the formation of cosmic microwave background radiation.
- you can describe how quantum fluctuations during inflation are the source of density fluctuations and gravitational waves.
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
Five semesters of the Fysikk og astronomi (bachelor´s) programme or comparable.
- 10 credits overlap with AST4220 – Cosmology I (discontinued).
Teaching extends over one semester. There are four hours of lectures per week, and two hours of tutorial exercises.
The final grade is determined by an overall assessment of 3 assignments in the form of home exams with the first two counting 25%, 25% and the third counting 50% in the grade assessment.
Examination support material
All examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.