Fall 2022/3; Lecturer: Prof. Rennan Barkana

**Comments**:

- The syllabus is available (in PDF) here.
- Schedule: Monday 12:00 - 15:00, Room: Kaplun 205
- The lecturer is Prof. Rennan Barkana: web page, e-mail: barkana@tau.ac.il.
- The textbook is Part I of the following:

The Encyclopedia of Cosmology, Volume 1: "Galaxy Formation and Evolution", by Rennan Barkana, World Scientific Series in Astrophysics, World Scientific Publishing Co (2018).

This book is in the TAU natural science library, and is also available online in digital (ebook) form through your TAU account (please consult the library website for help): here. - Here is a sample exam , and here is the solution.
- In the table below, topics are shown according to the rough plan in square brackets [ ]. This will be updated for each lecture as the course progresses. The slides are those shown (sometimes) in the lecture, in PDF.
- The exam dates are Feb. 7 and (if necessary) Mar. 2. The solution to exam A is here.

Lecture Dates | Topics | Sections in Textbook | Slides | Exercises & Solutions |
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Oct. 24 | Review of basic cosmology: the metric, cosmic dynamics, kinematics and redshift | Ch. 2, skipped § 2.3.4 | - | - |

Oct. 31 | Statistics: Correlation functions and power spectra | Ch. 3: § 3.1, 3.2, 3.4.1 | - | - |

Nov. 07 | Statistics continued; linear spherical collapse: start | § 3.3, 3.4.2, 3.4.3, 3.4.4, 4.1.2 (up to eq. 4.8) | Week 3 slides | - |

Nov. 14 | Linear spherical collapse: end; distribution functions; the Boltzmann equation | § 4.1.2 (end), 4.1.3, 4.2 (except for eq. 4.42) | - | - |

Nov. 21 | The fluid equations, linear perturbations | Eq. 4.42, § 4.4 (skipped part of 4.4.4), 4.5 (intro and 4.5.1) | - | - |

Nov. 28 | Perturbation history, the power spectrum | Rest of § 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 (up to eq. 4.93) | - | - |

Dec. 05 | Baryons, the Jeans mass, non-linear collapse | Rest of § 4.7, 4.8 (skipped 4.8.5), 5.1.1 | - | Homework 1 (due Dec. 21) |

Dec. 12 | Spherical collapse (end), virialization and the Press-Schechter model | Rest of § 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 (skipped final paragraph) | - | - |

Dec. 19 | Press-Schechter (end), stellar dynamics (spherical) | § 5.5, 5.6 (1'st paragraph), 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 (up to eq. 6.18) | Week 9 slides | - |

Dec. 26 | Virial equilibrium, the isothermal sphere, disks (start) | Rest of Ch. 6, § 7.1, 7.2 (up to eq. 7.17) | - | - |

Jan. 02 | Galactic disks, spiral arms: start | Rest of § 7.2, 7.3 (up to § 7.3.7.2) | Week 11 slides | Solution to homework 1 |

Jan. 09 | Spiral arms: end, gravitational lensing: start | Rest of Ch. 7, § 8.1, 8.2 (up to eq. 8.9) | - | Homework 2 (due Jan. 30) |

Jan. 16 | Gravitational lensing: end | Rest of Ch. 8 (You should read also Ch. 9) | Week 13 slides | Solution to homework 2 |