Course Syllabus: Cosmology 101
with CEU Certificate*
This course will provide you with a great amount of information about our world, our universe, and beyond our Milky Way. With our guidance, you will be able to investigate many fascinating theories and explore many exciting concepts regarding the history, origin, and evolution of our universe.
In Cosmology 101, you will enjoy learning about a fascinating array of topics, including:
1. Discovering The Early Universe
A Definition – what is Cosmology? Contemplating the early beginnings, The Human Element, Searching both early religion and science for their explanations, The Historical Explanation, The Modern Definition
2. The Origins And Early Days Of Exploration
Seeing our World through the eyes of the Ancients, The Greeks, The Copernican Rebellion, Early Scientific Views, Pythagoras – not only theorems! Wandering stars , Aristotle, Sky Gods, Where was the Sun?
3. Size, Shape & Age Of Our Universe
Observing the heavens, Orbits & Ellipses , The Laws of Motion, Speculating on the Laws of Gravity, The Impact of Newton's theories, Defining our Universe, Bending our Universe – space & time, Colors, The Milky Way, Relativity, Classifying & Contradictions
4. Cosmology Isn't Theology Or Science Fiction Or Even Just Science
Cruising through the alternative theories – various beliefs, Life on earth and beyond, Where, when & how did life begin, Why is our Universe so suited to our Life?, How can we best calculate Life on Earth?
5. Off With A Bang – Possibly Down With A Crunch?
An explanation: Exactly where do Galaxies come from, Is there such a thing as Ancient Radiation?, Radiation Types, What are the Ingredients for an expanding Universe, Big Bang, Big Crunch, Can gravity be reversed?
6. Building Our Own Universe
Creating It Bit By Bit, The Basic Ingredients of our Universe, The Electron, The Atom, Quantum Mechanics, Max Planck, Karl Heisenberg, Antimatter, Particle Accelerators, Quarks
7. Natural Forces And The Role They Play
The Natural Forces, The Weak Force, The Strong Force, Holding it all together , You could ‘see' the force everywhere , Particles, Quantum Gravity
8. In The Dark
Dark Matter, WIMPs, MACHOs , Dark Energy, Constants , Gauging the piece of string
9. Is The Universe Really Just A Big Chemistry Set?
The chemicals elements that make up our entire Universe , After the Big Bang, The formation of heavier elements , Chemical barriers
10. Making Stars, Solar Systems & Galaxies - & That's Only A Start!
Stars are born, The Origins of stars and their galaxies, The Star Nurseries, Classifying our stars by their chemical make-up , Supernovae and their types, The Milky Way, The Stories some stars can tell, Black Holes – creating, categorizing, looking inside and breaking through
11. Time Travel
The Past, The Present & The Future , Einstein's work on time, The Speed of Light & can it possibly ‘slow down'?, Turning Time Back, Before the Big Bang Is the Universe Infinite?
12. The Greats & What They Have Done For Our World, Our The Universe
Pythagoras, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Stephen Hawkings
13. The Greatest Cosmological Advances
COBE CERN, Hubble Telescope, WMAP, Keck Telescopes, Others
14. The End
What happens if our Sun burns out? The Big Chill, The Big Crunch, The Big Rip.
This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.
Lesson 1: Discovering the Early Universe
Lesson 2: The Origins and Early Days of Exploration
Lesson 3: Size, Shape & Age of Our Universe
Lesson 4: Cosmology isn't Theology or Science Fiction
Lesson 5: Off With A Bang
Lesson 6: Building Our Own Universe
Lesson 7: Natural Forces and The Role They Play
Lesson 8: In the Dark
Lesson 9: In the Universe Really Just a Big Chemistry Set?
Lesson 10: Making Stars, Solar Systems & Galaxies
Lesson 11: Time Travel
Lesson 12: The Greats & What They Have Done for Our Understanding of the Universe
Lesson 13: The Greatest Cosmological Advances
Lesson 14: The End
|Lesson 1 Assignment: Defining Cosmology||20|
|Lesson 1: Discovering the early Universe||9|
|Lesson 2 Assignment: Greeks in Cosmology||20|
|Lesson 2: The origins and early days of exploration||10|
|Lesson 3 Assignment: Laws of Motion||20|
|Lesson 3: Size, shape & age of our Universe||10|
|Lesson 4 Assignment: Living Characteristics||20|
|Lesson 4: Cosmology isn't theology or science fiction – Science is about making testable predi||10|
|Lesson 5 Assignment: Understanding Big Bang||20|
|Lesson 5: Off with a bang||10|
|Lesson 6 Assignment: The Universe's Composition||20|
|Lesson 6: Building our own Universe||10|
|Lesson 7 Assignment: The Four Forces||20|
|Lesson 7: Natural forces and the role they play||10|
|Lesson 8 Assignment: Defining Dark Matter||20|
|Lesson 8: In the dark||10|
|Lesson 9 Assignment: The Universe's Chemical Elements||20|
|Lesson 9: In the Universe really just a big chemistry set?||8|
|Lesson 10 Assignment: Explaining Stars||20|
|Lesson 10: Making stars, solar systems & galaxies||10|
|Lesson 11 Assignment: Theory of Relativity||20|
|Lesson 11: Time travel||9|
|Lesson 12 Assignment: Great Contributions||20|
|Lesson 12: The greats & what they have done for our understanding of the Universe||10|
|Lesson 13 Assignment: Explaining the Hubble Telescope||20|
|Lesson 13: The greatest cosmological advances||9|
|Lesson 14 Assignment: Extreme Changes||20|
|Lesson 14: The end||10|
|The Final Exam||65|