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25%

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Approx. 12 hours to complete

English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Are we alone in the Universe?

4 hours to complete
20 videos (Total 132 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
20 videos
Scientific Notation4m
Our Place in the Cosmos6m
Comparative Planetology5m
Terrestrial Planets10m
Giant Planets9m
Gas Vs Ice Giants5m
Construction Debris9m
Exoplanets7m
Understanding Ellipses2m
Radial Velocities and the Doppler Shift4m
Transiting Planets3m
The Habitable Zone7m
What Exoplanets Have Taught Us8m
Condensation Theory6m
Planet Formation5m
Basic Chemistry2m
DNA and RNA6m
Appearance of Life9m
Are We Alone?9m
8 readings
General Overview10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Syllabus10m
About the Professor10m
About the Teaching Assistant10m
Optional Readings10m
Exercises and Activities10m
Lecture Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz50m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

How do Stars Evolve and Die?

3 hours to complete
19 videos (Total 127 min)
19 videos
Nuclear Fusion10m
The Nature of Light8m
Quantum Physics8m
Measuring Stars10m
Forming a Protostar6m
Brown Dwarfs And Very Low Mass Stars7m
The Structure of a G2 Main Sequence Star5m
Solar Magnetic Features8m
Red Giants and Planetary Nebulae8m
White Dwarfs3m
Supernovas and Neutron Stars6m
Frames of Reference2m
Special Relativity7m
General Relativity5m
Escape Velocity2m
Black Holes6m
Journey into a Black Hole7m
Answering the Question3m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz50m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

What Exists Outside our Galaxy?

2 hours to complete
17 videos (Total 89 min)
17 videos
Interstellar Medium7m
Galactic Distances2m
Climbing the Cosmic Distance Ladder4m
Type Ia Supernovae3m
Metallicity3m
The Milky Way5m
The Galactic Disk5m
The Stellar Halo and the Bulgy Bar6m
The Galactic Center6m
Galactic Zoology6m
Introduction to Dark Matter3m
Types of Active Galactic Nuclei4m
Unified Model for AGN6m
Galaxy Groups and Clusters6m
Superclusters6m
Answering the Question4m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz50m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

What is the Fate of the Universe?

2 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 86 min)
15 videos
Hubble’s Law and the Big Bang6m
Space-Time and Quantum Fields5m
The Standard Model of Particle Physics9m
Dark Matter4m
In the Beginning4m
Phase Transitions in the Early Universe4m
BBN and Recombination7m
Observational Evidence5m
The Beginning of Large Scale Structure6m
The Era of Quasars5m
Dark Energy and Cosmic Destiny6m
The Multiverse5m
Recap-History of the Cosmos4m
Answering the Question6m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz50m

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