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PHYS 392

College of Arts and Sciences Syllabus

Course Information

Course Description
Cosmology is the study of the history, structure, constituents and dynamics of the universe. Course content includes the core physical concepts of cosmology, recent astronomical observations, dark matter and dark energy, the cosmological constant, the accelerating and expanding universe, the cosmic microwave background, inflation, and baryogenesis. 3.0 Credits
TR at 5:40 PM - 6:55 PM, in BBH-237

Faculty Information

Dr. Greg Anderson, Professor of Physics.
Office Hours
Posted here and by appointment in 217C BBH.
Contact Information
Email:, Phone Extension: 5753

Course Materials

Required Textbook
Barbara Ryden, Introduction to Cosmology, (Pearson Education, 2000).
Other Useful Texts:

Assignments and Expectations

Problem Sets
Problem sets assignments can be found on the course schedule page. Problems should be completed by the following week, but they will not be collected with the exception of one problem from each problem set as described below. You are expected to be able to work the problems without the aid of the solutions. Partial solutions are provided so that you can check your work after you have completed the problem sets.
This course has six exams, which may contain take home problems. Each exam is worth 100 points. The exams are based on material from lectures, assigned readings, and problems similar to those found in the weekly assignments. Exam policies can be found here.
The final grade will be based on:
Four exams 4×(100) + final project (100)
Any student who achieves a percentile score of above 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% is guaranteed to receive an A, B, C, or D respectively. These percentile scores may be adjusted downwards based on a class curve and other considerations.
Academic Integrity
By enrolling in this course, you are bound by the NEIU Student Code of Conduct (HTML), (PDF).
ADA Statement
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. To request accommodations, students with special needs should make arrangements with the Student Disability Services (SDS) office, located on the main campus in room D104. Contact SDS via (773) 442-4595 or
Campus Safety
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