## Wednesday, May 15, 2013

### tests for FLRW-cosmologies

is there an observational test of verifying that we live in a FLRW-universe, i.e. of all (which?) symmetry assumptions behind choosing the Robertson-Walker-metric? is this a sufficient condition?

physics bonus question: can we test if the cosmological fluids are ideal?

maths bonus question: can you prove (by induction) the Bernoulli inequality, namely that

(1+x)^n\geq 1+nx

for all real numbers $x\geq-1$?

2. bonus question: the Bernoulli-inequality is certainly true for $n=0$ or $n=1$. assuming that it is valid for arbitrary $n$, we need to show for induction that it is then also valid for $n+1$:
with the assumption that the inequality is valid for $n$. continuing the argumentation yields:
using that $x^2$ is always positive in the last step.