Confronting The Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy

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About this course: An introduction to modern astronomy's most important questions. The four sections of the course are Planets and Life in The Universe; The Life of Stars; Galaxies and Their Environments; The History of The Universe.

Created by:  University of Rochester
  • Taught by:  Adam Frank, Professor

    Physics and Astronomy
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About this course: An introduction to modern astronomy's most important questions. The four sections of the course are Planets and Life in The Universe; The Life of Stars; Galaxies and Their Environments; The History of The Universe.

Created by:  University of Rochester
  • Taught by:  Adam Frank, Professor

    Physics and Astronomy
Commitment 3-4 hours/week Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.7 stars Average User Rating 4.7See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Are we alone in the Universe?
Planets and Life in The Universe - Exoplanets searches, exoplanet census, astrobiology


20 videos, 8 readings expand


  1. Reading: General Overview
  2. Reading: Grading and Logistics
  3. Reading: Syllabus
  4. Reading: About the Professor
  5. Reading: About the Teaching Assistant
  6. Reading: Optional Readings
  7. Reading: Exercises and Activities
  8. Reading: Lecture Notes
  9. Video: Introduction
  10. Video: Scientific Notation
  11. Video: Our Place in the Cosmos
  12. Video: Comparative Planetology
  13. Video: Terrestrial Planets
  14. Video: Giant Planets
  15. Video: Gas Vs Ice Giants
  16. Video: Construction Debris
  17. Video: Exoplanets
  18. Video: Understanding Ellipses
  19. Video: Radial Velocities and the Doppler Shift
  20. Video: Transiting Planets
  21. Video: The Habitable Zone
  22. Video: What Exoplanets Have Taught Us
  23. Video: Condensation Theory
  24. Video: Planet Formation
  25. Video: Basic Chemistry
  26. Video: DNA and RNA
  27. Video: Appearance of Life
  28. Video: Are We Alone?

Graded: Week 1 Quiz

WEEK 2


How do Stars Evolve and Die?
The Life of Stars - Star formation, fusion and stellar middle age, black holes and stellar death-


19 videos expand


  1. Video: Stars - Introduction
  2. Video: Nuclear Fusion
  3. Video: The Nature of Light
  4. Video: Quantum Physics
  5. Video: Measuring Stars
  6. Video: Forming a Protostar
  7. Video: Brown Dwarfs And Very Low Mass Stars
  8. Video: The Structure of a G2 Main Sequence Star
  9. Video: Solar Magnetic Features
  10. Video: Red Giants and Planetary Nebulae
  11. Video: White Dwarfs
  12. Video: Supernovas and Neutron Stars
  13. Video: Frames of Reference
  14. Video: Special Relativity
  15. Video: General Relativity
  16. Video: Escape Velocity
  17. Video: Black Holes
  18. Video: Journey into a Black Hole
  19. Video: Answering the Question

Graded: Week 2 Quiz

WEEK 3


What Exists Outside our Galaxy?
Galaxies and Their Environments - Galaxy types, Active Galactic Nuclei, Clusters of Clusters of Galaxies


17 videos expand


  1. Video: Galaxies Introduction
  2. Video: Interstellar Medium
  3. Video: Galactic Distances
  4. Video: Climbing the Cosmic Distance Ladder
  5. Video: Type Ia Supernovae
  6. Video: Metallicity
  7. Video: The Milky Way
  8. Video: The Galactic Disk
  9. Video: The Stellar Halo and the Bulgy Bar
  10. Video: The Galactic Center
  11. Video: Galactic Zoology
  12. Video: Introduction to Dark Matter
  13. Video: Types of Active Galactic Nuclei
  14. Video: Unified Model for AGN
  15. Video: Galaxy Groups and Clusters
  16. Video: Superclusters
  17. Video: Answering the Question

Graded: Week 3 Quiz

WEEK 4


What is the Fate of the Universe?
The History of The Universe - Why the Big Bang? A History of Time, What Happened Before the Big Bang


15 videos expand


  1. Video: Introduction
  2. Video: Hubble’s Law and the Big Bang
  3. Video: Space-Time and Quantum Fields
  4. Video: The Standard Model of Particle Physics
  5. Video: Dark Matter
  6. Video: In the Beginning
  7. Video: Phase Transitions in the Early Universe
  8. Video: BBN and Recombination
  9. Video: Observational Evidence
  10. Video: The Beginning of Large Scale Structure
  11. Video: The Era of Quasars
  12. Video: Dark Energy and Cosmic Destiny
  13. Video: The Multiverse
  14. Video: Recap-History of the Cosmos
  15. Video: Answering the Question

Graded: Week 4 Quiz

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