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Course Description

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.

Course Requirements

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.

Course Topics


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

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the early universe.
  • Know the origins and early days of exploration.
  • Describe the size, shape and age of the universe.
  • Know the events of the Big Bang.
  • Describe how the universe was built.
  • Define natural forces.
  • Know how stars, solar systems and galaxies were formed.
  • Know theories about time travel.
  • Know the greatest cosmological advances and the people who helped discover them, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment: Defining Cosmology20
Lesson 1: Discovering the early Universe9
Lesson 2 Assignment: Greeks in Cosmology20
Lesson 2: The origins and early days of exploration10
Lesson 3 Assignment: Laws of Motion20
Lesson 3: Size, shape & age of our Universe10
Lesson 4 Assignment: Living Characteristics20
Lesson 4: Cosmology isn't theology or science fiction – Science is about making testable predi10
Lesson 5 Assignment: Understanding Big Bang20
Lesson 5: Off with a bang10
Lesson 6 Assignment: The Universe's Composition20
Lesson 6: Building our own Universe10
Lesson 7 Assignment: The Four Forces20
Lesson 7: Natural forces and the role they play10
Lesson 8 Assignment: Defining Dark Matter20
Lesson 8: In the dark10
Lesson 9 Assignment: The Universe's Chemical Elements20
Lesson 9: In the Universe really just a big chemistry set?8
Lesson 10 Assignment: Explaining Stars20
Lesson 10: Making stars, solar systems & galaxies10
Lesson 11 Assignment: Theory of Relativity20
Lesson 11: Time travel9
Lesson 12 Assignment: Great Contributions20
Lesson 12: The greats & what they have done for our understanding of the Universe10
Lesson 13 Assignment: Explaining the Hubble Telescope20
Lesson 13: The greatest cosmological advances9
Lesson 14 Assignment: Extreme Changes20
Lesson 14: The end10
The Final Exam65
Total Points:485

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