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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.

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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.
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Lesson 1: Discovering the Early Universe

Cosmologists work to understand how the Universe originally came into being, why it looks as it does now, and what the future holds. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Definition of Cosmology and other information
  • Take Poll: Learning about Cosmology
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Defining Cosmology
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Discovering the early Universe

Lesson 2: The Origins and Early Days of Exploration

With time to observe the heavens, early humanity did come up with some very elaborate, somewhat bizarre, and sometimes even gruesome explanations for why the night sky looks as it does. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Greek Cosmology Ideas
  • Review Article: Information about Pythagoreanism
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Greeks in Cosmology
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: The origins and early days of exploration

Lesson 3: Shape of Our Universe & Introduction to Stars

Ancient Greeks were fascinated by the perfection of the circle and logically held the belief that the planets moved in perfect circular patterns. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Star Classification
  • Review Article: Newton's Law of Gravity
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Laws of Motion
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Size, shape & age of our Universe

Lesson 4: Cosmology isn't Theology or Science Fiction

Cosmology is a Science and science is all about making testable predictions. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Article about life on other planets
  • Review Article: Views of creation by various religious groups
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Living Characteristics
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Cosmology isn't theology or science fiction – Science is about making testable predi

Lesson 5: Off With A Bang

In this lesson we will attempt to address certain elementary questions regarding our being and our surroundings. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Hubble Galaxy Photo Album
  • Review Video: Big Bang Theory Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Understanding Big Bang
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Off with a bang

Lesson 6: Building Our Own Universe

The weirdest thing of all about our Universe is that everything in it contains the same basic materials! Or so Scientists believed for centuries. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Article on what the Universe is made of
  • Review Video: Video on dark matter
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: The Universe's Composition
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Building our own Universe

Lesson 7: Natural Forces and The Role They Play

What is meant when scientists refer to a 'force?' They have classified every single force in the Universe into one of four groups: electromagnetic, gravity, strong and (the opposite) weak. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Information on Electromagnetism
  • Review Article: Information on Gravity
  • Take Poll: Natural Forces
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: The Four Forces
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Natural forces and the role they play

Lesson 8: In the Dark

The first astronomers were interested in the ocular properties of light, such as how light focuses as it passes through lenses,how it bends and splits through prisms and how it is reflected by things such as mirrors. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Information on Dark Energy and Dark Matter
  • Review Article: NASA Explanation of Dark Matter
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Defining Dark Matter
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: In the dark

Lesson 9: Is the Universe Really Just a Big Chemistry Set?

All the "stuff" in this universe contains a large variety of interesting bits and pieces. At a sub-microscopic level, ALL this stuff is made up of combinations of various types of atoms – otherwise called ‘chemical elements'. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Information about chemical elements of the Universe
  • Review Article: Information on Chemical Elements
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: The Universe's Chemical Elements
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: In the Universe really just a big chemistry set?

Lesson 10: Making Stars, Solar Systems, and Galaxies

It was some hundreds of millions of years after the Big Bang, that the hydrogen and helium which had formed in the early Universe began to aggregate under the pull of gravity. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Your Sky Tonight
  • Review Article: Bizarre Stars
  • Take Poll: Naming Stars
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Explaining Stars
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Making stars, solar systems & galaxies

Lesson 11: Time Travel

Sometimes the more we read and study the less we understand, especially when it comes to something like Time. Questions abound not only about time, but space time and the possibility of time travel. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Information on the Speed of Light
  • Review Video: Video on Special Theory of Relativity
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Theory of Relativity
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Time travel

Lesson 12: The Greats & What They Have Done for Our Understanding of the Universe

Just 5 of the great men who have contributed so much to our understanding of the Universe are listed in this lesson; but there are so many more that we could add to this but room (and time) prevents us. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Additional info about Hawking
  • Review Article: Additional info about Newton
  • Review Article: Additional info on Einstein
  • Review Article: Additional info on Galileo
  • Review Article: More about Hubble
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment: Great Contributions
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: The greats & what they have done for our understanding of the Universe

Lesson 13: The Greatest Cosmological Advances

While it is true that improved human understanding of the origins of the Universe is derived from many different sources there are certain scientific institutions who have influenced Cosmology the most. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Hubble Telescope Site
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment: Explaining the Hubble Telescope
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: The greatest cosmological advances

Lesson 14: The End

We need to keep in mind that although scientists may very well come up with what sounds, to us, like concepts of what is going to happen in the future - that their thoughts are only 'theories' and not 'certainties.' 95 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Additional info about the Sun
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment: Extreme Changes
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 14: The end
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Cosmology 101
Course Number: 7550428
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
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