1. The Hubble Parameter
The Hubble parameter is the normalized rate of expansion:2. The Matter Density Parameter.
Note that the Hubble parameter is not a constant! The Hubble constant is the Hubble parameter measured today -- we denote its value by H0. Current estimates are in the range of H0 = 65-75 km/s/Mpc -- we will discuss these efforts in more detail later.
Also note you will often see the parameter h, particularly in distance-dependant quantities (for example, 75h-1 Mpc). This is usually defined by h=H0/100.
Look at the Friedmann equation:
Rewriting this using the Hubble parameter, and for now set Lambda=0:
The Universe is flat if k=0, or if it has a critical density of
We define the matter density parameter as
Best measurements for Om are about 0.25 - 0.35
3. The "dark energy"