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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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Lesson 1: Discovering the Early UniverseCosmologists work to understand how the Universe originally came into being, why it looks as it does now, and what the future holds.
Lesson 2: The Origins and Early Days of ExplorationWith 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.
Lesson 3: Shape of Our Universe & Introduction to StarsAncient Greeks were fascinated by the perfection of the circle and logically held the belief that the planets moved in perfect circular patterns.
Lesson 4: Cosmology isn't Theology or Science FictionCosmology is a Science and science is all about making testable predictions.
Lesson 5: Off With A BangIn this lesson we will attempt to address certain elementary questions regarding our being and our surroundings.
Lesson 6: Building Our Own UniverseThe weirdest thing of all about our Universe is that everything in it contains the same basic materials! Or so Scientists believed for centuries.
Lesson 7: Natural Forces and The Role They PlayWhat 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.
Lesson 8: In the DarkThe 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.
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'.
Lesson 10: Making Stars, Solar Systems, and GalaxiesIt 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.
Lesson 11: Time TravelSometimes 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.
Lesson 12: The Greats & What They Have Done for Our Understanding of the UniverseJust 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.
Lesson 13: The Greatest Cosmological AdvancesWhile 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.
Lesson 14: The EndWe 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.'
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Learning OutcomesBy successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the early universe.
- Summarize the origins and early days of exploration.
- Describe the size, shape and age of the universe.
- Summarize the events of the Big Bang.
- Describe how the universe was built.
- Define natural forces.
- Summarize how stars, solar systems and galaxies were formed.
- Summarize theories about time travel.
- Summarize the greatest cosmological advances and the people who helped discover them, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
|Lesson 1 Assignment: Defining Cosmology||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 1: Discovering the early Universe||Exam||9|
|Lesson 2 Assignment: Greeks in Cosmology||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 2: The origins and early days of exploration||Exam||10|
|Lesson 3 Assignment: Laws of Motion||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 3: Size, shape & age of our Universe||Exam||10|
|Lesson 4 Assignment: Living Characteristics||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 4: Cosmology isn't theology or science fiction – Science is about making testable predi||Exam||10|
|Lesson 5 Assignment: Understanding Big Bang||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 5: Off with a bang||Exam||10|
|Lesson 6 Assignment: The Universe's Composition||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 6: Building our own Universe||Exam||10|
|Lesson 7 Assignment: The Four Forces||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 7: Natural forces and the role they play||Exam||10|
|Lesson 8 Assignment: Defining Dark Matter||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 8: In the dark||Exam||10|
|Lesson 9 Assignment: The Universe's Chemical Elements||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 9: In the Universe really just a big chemistry set?||Exam||8|
|Lesson 10 Assignment: Explaining Stars||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 10: Making stars, solar systems & galaxies||Exam||10|
|Lesson 11 Assignment: Theory of Relativity||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 11: Time travel||Exam||9|
|Lesson 12 Assignment: Great Contributions||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 12: The greats & what they have done for our understanding of the Universe||Exam||10|
|Lesson 13 Assignment: Explaining the Hubble Telescope||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 13: The greatest cosmological advances||Exam||9|
|Lesson 14 Assignment: Extreme Changes||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 14: The end||Exam||10|
|The Final Exam||Exam||66|
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