This page is for the exercises of the Cosmology
course taught by Prof.
Peter Schneider in the winter semester of 20202021.
Exercises: Cosmology 20202021


Time 
Room (AIfA) 
Tutor 
Email 
Tutor's office (AIfA) 
Mon 10:30  12:30 
0.006

TBD

TBD

TBD

Mon 13:30  15:30

0.006

TBD

TBD

TBD

Wed 10  12

0.005

TBD

TBD

TBD

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Exercise sheets & Provisional Calendar
Each exercise sheet will be uploaded on the ecampus platform. Please make sure to register to this course!
You have one week to prepare answers for each set of
exercises. In the exercise classes, we will discuss the solutions for
the exercises that were set the previous week. To take part in the
final exam you must have solved 50% of the exercises overall.
Please hand in the exercise sheets before Monday, 10 a.m., by uploading them to your respective exercise class on the ecampus platform. Make sure to write Cosmology Exercises, your name and the name of your tutor. Make sure they are properly scanned and easily readable, otherwise we will not be able to grade them.
If you have any questions, problems, suggestions, etc.,
please contact us!
Literature
Books
 Dodelson, S.: Modern Cosmology (Academic Press 2003)
 Padmanabhan, T.: Structure Formation in the Universe (Cambridge
University Press 1993)
 Peacock, J.: Physical Cosmology (Cambridge University Press 1999)
 Padmanabhan, T.: Theoretical Astrophysics III (Cambridge
University Press 2002)
 Kolb, E. & Turner, M.: The Early Universe (Addison Wesley
1990)
 Peebles, J.: Principles of Physical Cosmology (Princeton 1993)
 Liddle, A. R. & Lyth, D.H.: Cosmological Inflation and Large
Scale Structure
 Weinberg, S.: Gravitation and Cosmology (Wiley 1972)
 Schneider, P: Introduction to Extragalactic Astronomy and
Cosmology (Springer 2006)
 Padmanabhan, T.: Cosmology and Astrophysics through Problems
(Cambridge University Press 1996)
Papers, reviews, lecture notes, etc.
 Report
of the ESAESO Working Group on Fundamental Cosmology
(What are the most important questions in cosmology, and how can they
be solved?)
 Expanding Confusion: common misconceptions of cosmological horizons and the superluminal expansion of the Universe
(A nice paper highlighting common misunderstandings about the expansion of the Universe, with dozens of examples from the literature.)
 SaasFee
Lectures on Gravitational Lensing
(detailed introduction to strong, weak and
microlensing)
 Images
of A1689
(spectacular example of galaxy cluster lensing, as promised in the
lecture)
 Distance measures
in cosmology (D. Hogg, 1999/2000)
 PressSchechter
theory and its extensions (A. Zentner, 2006/2007)
 The
Cosmological Constant (S. Carroll, 2000/2001)
 Lecture Notes on
General Relativity (S. Carroll, 1997)
 Lectures on Dark Energy
and Cosmic Acceleration (J. Frieman, 20072009)
 Dark
matter candidates (L BergstrÃ¶m, 2009)
 The
Physics of Cosmic Acceleration (Caldwell & Kamionowski, 2009)
 Interpretation
of the cosmological metric (Cook & Burns, 2009)
 Lecture
Notes on CMB Theory: From Nucleosynthesis to Recombination (W. Hu, 2008)
 Formation and
Evolution of Galaxies: Les Houches Lectures (S. White, 19931994)
 Practical statistics for astronomers (J. Wall, 19772003):
available as a book (1977, 2003), or
freely as two papers ( I:
Definitions, the normal distribution, detection of signal, II:
Correlation, Datamodelling and Sample Comparison)
 The
Beginning and Evolution of the Universe (Ratra & Vogeley, 2008)
 Cosmological
Perturbation Theory and Structure Formation (E. Bertschinger, 2000)
 Advanced Topics
in Cosmology: A Pedagogical Introduction (T. Padmanabhan, 2006)
 The Large Scale
Structure in the Universe: From PowerLaws to Acoustic Peaks (Martinez,
2008)
 Correlation functions and their estimators: Landy &
Szalay (1993), Szapudi &
Szalay (1998), Kerscher,
Szapudi & Szalay (2000)
Sites with Nbody simulation movies:
Useful links