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. I will add more course notes in the future, as time allows.
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.