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Online course on Evolution of the Universe since the Big bang

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Evolution of the universe in 13.7 billion years

The University of Tokyo offers online course 'From the Big Bang to Dark Energy.' This course will cover various topics on the discoveries about how the Universe evolved in 13.7 billion years since the Big Bang.

About the course
This course offers two learning paths: Basic Track and Advanced Track. The difference between these two tracks is the level of homework exercises. Students can choose either track according to your interest, motivation and prerequisite knowledge and skills. Also, you can just audit the course, if you feel problem sets are too hard.

Course Syllabus
Week 1: From Daily Life to the Big Bang
Week 2: Birth of Elements and Higgs Boson
Week 3: Dark Matter and Anti-Matter
Week 4: Inflation and Dark Energy


  • To audit the course, no prior knowledge is required.
  • Completion of the Basic Track requires introductory physics knowledge (qualitative understanding of concepts such as force, energy, etc.) and some basic math (basic algebra and geometry).
  • Completion of the Advanced Track requires fundamental physics knowledge (quantitative applications of physics concepts) and university level math (calculus).

Course Format
The class consists of lecture videos, homework exercises and a final exam.

Course Sessions
August 5, 2014 - September 1, 2014

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