Module version of SS 2014
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2021/2||WS 2020/1||WS 2019/20||SS 2014|
PH2199 is a semester module in English or German language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.
This module description is valid to SS 2021.
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||40 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2199 in the version of SS 2014 was Bruno Leibundgut.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Modern cosmology is based on the principles of General Relativity and several basic assumptions. Many different observational methods are employed to describe the universe and its contents. The course will introduce the theoretical framework and the current view of the creation and evolution of the universe. It will cover the idea of inflation and the Big Bang for the beginning of the universe, the description of gravity as the dominating force shaping the universe and the various components, which determine its evolution. The various observables: cosmic background radiation, large scale evolution, evolution of the expansion rate measured through distance indicators and chemical evolution will be described and their strengths and weaknesses discussed.
After this course the students will have an understanding of the current cosmological model and will be able to interpret cosmological discussions. They will know the major results, which led to the current world view and will have the tools to analyse new and different models.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Learning and Teaching Methods
lecture, beamer presentation, board work, discussion
- S. Dodelson: Modern Cosmology, Academic Press 2003
- J. Peacock: Cosmological Physics, Cambridge University Press, 2005
Description of exams and course work
In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.
In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.