FC2806 Basic Topics in Cosmology

Faculty of Education
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 1 for the colloquium). Recommended Type of Completion: z (credit). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
prof. RNDr. Jan Novotný, CSc. (lecturer)
RNDr. Jindřiška Svobodová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Tomáš Miléř, Ph.D.
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Vocational Education – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: RNDr. Jindřiška Svobodová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Physics, Chemistry and Vocational Education – Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
FC2806/KombiSem01: Fri 23. 2. 18:00–19:50 učebna 3, Fri 1. 3. 18:00–19:50 učebna 3, Fri 15. 3. 15:00–16:50 učebna 3, Fri 10. 5. 11:00–12:50 učebna 3, J. Svobodová
FC2806/PrezSem01: Tue 18:00–19:50 učebna 5, J. Svobodová
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 6/30, only registered: 0/30, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The main objectives of the course are basic knowledge of cosmological history, the theoretical foundations of contemporary cosmology and the experimental possibilities of their examination, as well as the basic skills of application of the cosmological view of the world. The main educational content includes concepts such as galaxies, theory of relativity, relic radiation, inflation, big bang
Knowledge: the universe consists of particles, space and time, the universe is not static
Skills: Describe experiments that confirm contemporary cosmological notions
Attitudes: to appreciate human sophistication
Learning outcomes
After completing the course the student should know:
• Use information about the basic concepts of the origin and development of the universe
• orientate in the theoretical foundations of today's physical cosmology
• understand perspectives.
  • Syllabus of lectures (after weeks or blocks):
  • 1. What is behind the observed universe?
  • Big Bang
  • 3. Age of the universe
  • 4. Observing large red shifts
  • 5. Cosmological constant
  • 6. Physics in the time of radiation dominance
  • 7. Standard model in the early universe
  • 8. The general characteristics of inflation
  • 9. Gravitational waves
  • 10. Historical cosmological models
  • 11. Experimental Possibilities of Cosmology
  • 12. Possibilities of using knowledge in physical education.
    required literature
  • BARROW, J. D. Původ vesmíru. Bratislava: Archa, 1996. 166 s. ISBN 80-7115-092-4.
  • BARROW, J. D. Konstanty přírody: čísla skrývající nejhlubší tajemství vesmíru. Praha: Paseka, 2005. ISBN 8071856894.
  • BARROW, J. D. Kniha o nekonečnu. Praha: Paseka, 2007. 266 s. ISBN 9788071858225.
    recommended literature
  • HORSKÝ, Jan, Jan NOVOTNÝ and Milan ŠTEFANÍK. Úvod do fyzikální kosmologie (Introduction into the physical cosmology). Praha: Academia. 219 pp. není součástí edice. ISBN 80-200-1241-9. 2004. info
Teaching methods
lectures with discussion
Assessment methods
Colloquium. Oral Colloquium, of 20-30 minutes, literature disallowed
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 8 hodin.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023.
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