# Homework Help: Cosmology: Equation of state parameter

1. Jun 24, 2008

### Niles

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Hi all.

The pressure in a multi-component universe is additive, just as the energy-density is:

$$P = \sum\limits_i {w_i \varepsilon _i } \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,{\rm{and}}\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\varepsilon = \sum\limits_i {\varepsilon _i }$$

But what about w? In the Benchmark-model is w = 0 + (-1) = -1 (we approximate to matter and Lambda), or is it a weighted average, i.e. 0.3 * 0 + 0.7*(-1) = -0.7?