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By Andrew Liddle

A concise, available advent to this intriguing and dynamic subject.* Adopts an process grounded in physics instead of mathematics.* comprises labored examples and scholar difficulties, in addition to tricks for fixing them and the numerical answers.* Many reviewers have commented that this is often the most effective 'introductory undergraduate point' texts at the topic and they'd all welcome a moment version.

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Unfortunately, that is not true of real observations. 3. What evidence can you think of to support the assertion that the Universe is charge neutral, and hence contains an equal number of protons and electrons? 4. 6 eV. What is the frequency of a photon with this energy? At what temperature does the mean photon energy equal this energy? 5. 8k&T/h implies that fpeak/T is a constant. Evaluate this constant in SI units (see page xiv for useful numbers). The Sun radiates approximately as a black-body with Tsun ~ 5800 K.

2. The galaxies remain at fixed locations in the x coordinate system. The original r coordinate system, which does not expand, is usually known as physical coordinates. The quantity a(t) is a crucial one, and is known as the scale factor of the Universe. It measures the universal expansion rate. It is a function of time alone, and it tells us how physical separations are growing with time, since the coordinate distances x are by definition fixed. For example, if, between times t1 and t2, the scale factor doubles in value, that tells us that the Universe has expanded in size by a factor two, and it will take us twice as long to get from one galaxy to another.

The only thing that changes the number density, therefore, is that the volume is getting bigger, so that these particles are spread out in a larger volume. This implies noc^. 25) This looks encouragingly like the behaviour we have already seen for matter, but it's also true for radiation as well! How does this relate to our earlier results? The energy of non-relativistic particles is dominated by their rest mass–energy which is constant, so Pmat oc emat oc n mat x Emat oc -r-6 x const oc -r-6 .

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