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Beginner Level

Approx. 28 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Planets in the Solar System and Beyond

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9 videos (Total 132 min), 7 quizzes
9 videos
Introduction to Week 1 - Planets in the Solar System and Beyond3m
Exoplanets21m
Planet Formation19m
Planets and Moons16m
Our Solar System13m
Hot Jupiters and Planet Migration17m
Water Worlds18m
Census of Exoplanets in the Milky Way19m
7 practice exercises
Exoplanets15m
Planet Formation10m
Planets and Moons10m
Our Solar System10m
Hot Jupiters and Planet Migration10m
Water Worlds10m
Census of Exoplanets in the Milky Way10m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Hunting for Exoplanets

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7 videos (Total 76 min), 7 quizzes
7 videos
Gravity and the Doppler shift13m
The Radial Velocity Method15m
The Transit Method12m
Learning from Observations8m
Planet Composition8m
Microlensing, Imaging & Selection Effects16m
6 practice exercises
Gravity and the Doppler shift20m
Radial Velocity Method20m
The Transit Method15m
Learning from Observations10m
Planet Composition15m
Microlensing, Imaging & Selection Effects15m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Habitability

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7 videos (Total 96 min), 7 quizzes
7 videos
Cosmic Chemistry18m
Essentials of Biological Life17m
Defining the Habitable Zone17m
The Lifetime of Stars14m
Stars & Exoplanets10m
Exoplanet Habitability15m
6 practice exercises
Cosmic Chemistry10m
Essentials of Biological Life20m
Defining the Habitable Zone10m
The Lifetime of Stars15m
Stars & Exoplanets15m
Exoplanet Habitability20m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Life

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8 videos (Total 107 min), 7 quizzes
8 videos
The Early Earth16m
The Atmosphere and Oceans12m
Defining Life17m
Early Life on Earth15m
Life at the Extreme15m
Habitable Moons15m
The Habitability of Mars11m
7 practice exercises
The Early Earth20m
The Atmosphere and Oceans10m
Defining Life20m
Early Life on Earth15m
Life at the Extreme10m
Habitable Moons15m
The Habitability of Mars10m
Week
5
5 hours to complete

Emerging Complex Life and Intelligence

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7 videos (Total 81 min), 7 quizzes
7 videos
The Emergence of Cellular Life11m
DNA & Genetics10m
Life in the Phanerozoic Eon13m
Evolution11m
Life on Earth14m
Genus Homo16m
6 practice exercises
The Emergence of Cellular Life15m
DNA & Genetics15m
Life in the Phanerozoic Eon15m
Evolution10m
Life on Earth10m
Genus Homo15m
Week
6
6 hours to complete

SETI and Cosmic Companionship

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9 videos (Total 105 min), 15 quizzes
9 videos
Civilizations & Culture12m
Scientific Revolution21m
Interstellar Communication9m
SETI15m
The Drake Equation12m
Interstellar Travel10m
Life as Computation13m
Exoplanet Mission Proposal - Overview6m
14 practice exercises
Civilizations & Culture10m
Scientific Revolution15m
Interstellar Communication10m
SETI15m
The Drake Equation15m
Interstellar Travel10m
Life as Computation10m
Exoplanet Candidate Maya-18610m
Exoplanet Candidate Shishen-410m
Exoplanet Candidate Tusi-125010m
Exoplanet Candidate Lockyer-210m
Exoplanet Candidate Cannon-0110m
Exoplanet Candidate Rubin-7010m
Exoplanet Candidate Samos-27010m

Instructors

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Matthew Wenger

Instructional Technologist
Steward Observatory
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Chris Impey

Distinguished Professor
Astronomy

About University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is the state’s land-grant university and a member of the Association of American Universities—made up of just 62 universities in the country. As one of the world’s premier public research universities, the university conducts more than $625 million of research annually. Home to two allopathic medical schools in Tucson and Phoenix, the UA Tech Park, and a member of the Arizona Space Grant Consortium, the university creates an $8.3 billion economic impact for Arizona. U.S. News and World Report placed 14 University of Arizona graduate programs among the top 20 in the nation and it is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars. With its strategic academic and business plan, “Never Settle,” as its guide, the university is producing graduates who are global citizens, engaged leaders, and fulfilled individuals....

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