Please remember that these notes are only preliminary. While I have tried to keep them scientifically accurate, they are not primary sources of science. Neither are they complete, ready-made lesson plans for classroom use. They are simply meant to be guides, for myself or others, suggesting a framework of topics. Not all of these notes suggest how to incorporate classroom activities and student engagement — those aspects depend on the context of the class (which has been highly variable in the implementation of these classes). All classes are nominally intended for high school students.
Introduction to Cosmology
This class was co-taught — I only have notes from my half of the class (1 of the 2 hours each week), and I am missing classes 1 and 3. 🙁
- Week 2 – Dynamic Spacetimes + Friedmann Equations
- Week 4 – Intro to Relevant Quantum Mechanics
- Week 5 – Spacetime Metrics
- Week 6 – The Four Forces
- Week 7 – Inflationary Expansion
- Week 8 – Timeline of the Early Universe
Illuminating Dark Matter
1- to 2-hr course
Taught multiple times, focusing on different topics each year. Most complete lecture notes are posted, as an overview.