ASTR 109/PHYS 109
Big Bang and Black Holes

Introduction to Cosmology

Prof. David Toback (Section 201/Honors and 501/Regular)

Teaching Assistants: Dave Elofson
(There are two help mailing lists: 109QuizHelp@physics.tamu.edu and 109GeneralHelp@physics.tamu.edu)

Spring 2020



There is now more extra credit for the course. This involves the simple writing of Feynman Diagrams.

For more information go here. Even more extra credit for those who help us make the instructions better.



  • Instructions for the remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester will be kept here. (Last updated 03/20/20)
  • Copy of notes shared during lecture time can be found here (Last updated 04/01/20)


Material due before the next class date:

Course Material:

  • Syllabus - includes Course Topics, Reading and Approximate Due Dates for Regular and Honors Sections Assignments (Last updated 01/07/20)
  • Course Organization - More information about how the course is organized, as well as assignments (Last updated 01/29/20)
  • Class Schedule - Tentative schedule with due dates for Reading, End of Chapter Quizzes, Pre-Lecture Reading Question Assignments and Papers (Last updated 01/07/20)
  • Honors Sections - Info about the honors section and the Outside-Topic Paper
  • Textbook Information - The required and recommended texts for the course (and a link to the first 4 chapters of the textbook if needed)
  • Lecture Notes - Copies of the Lecture Notes

Assignment Information and Help:

  • FAQ - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about assignments, quizzes, papers etc. (Last updated 01/15/20)
  • iClickers - You will need a Clicker and register it (need to do it for THIS semester and course). Information about iClickers you will need to have and use during the class (Last updated 02/10/20)
  • Assignment stuff (all done through eCampus)

    Other Stuff:

    ·  Fun Stuff - Videos and written stuff students have sent to illustrate the science

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    Created by Dave Toback (toback@tamu.edu)
    (Last updated by Dave Toback on 04/24/20)