About this Course
We have learned a lot recently about how the Universe evolved in 13.7 billion years since the Big Bang. More than 80% of matter in the Universe is mysterious Dark Matter, which made stars and galaxies to form. The newly discovered Higgs-boson became frozen into the Universe a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang and brought order to the Universe. Yet we still do not know how ordinary matter (atoms) survived against total annihilation by Anti-Matter. The expansion of the Universe started acceleration about 7 billion years ago and the Universe is being ripped apart. The culprit is Dark Energy, a mysterious energy multiplying in vacuum. I will present evidence behind these startling discoveries and discuss what we may learn in the near future. This course is offered in English.
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Approx. 13 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English, Russian, Romanian
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Suggested: 2-4 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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3 hours to complete

From Daily Life to the Big Bang

Understanding the Universe in which we live and how to probe it can begin with simple daily life experiences such as night and day and the four seasons. Starting from these observations, we will take a journey from our local Earth at the present time all the way to the edge of the universe and back to its birth, learning the techniques and findings in modern physics that provide us this understanding....
Reading
12 videos (Total 95 min), 3 readings, 14 quizzes
Video12 videos
Introduction8m
1-1 Night and Day, and Four Seasons9m
1-2 Revolution of the Earth5m
1-3 Why Elliptic?8m
1-4 Why Does Everything Fall the Same Way?8m
1-5 Beginning of the Universe Look Far into the Past I13m
1-6 Beginning of the Universe Look Far into the Past II5m
1-7 Beginning of the Universe Look Far into the Past III6m
1-8 Beginning of the Universe Look Far into the Past IV8m
1-9 Beginning of the Universe Look Far into the Past V10m
1-10 Cosmic Expansion6m
Reading3 readings
Course Description10m
Syllabus10m
About Optional Challenge Problems10m
Quiz14 practice exercises
Practice Quiz 1-12m
Practice Quiz 1-22m
Graded Quiz 1-14m
Practice Quiz 1-34m
Practice Quiz 1-42m
Graded Quiz 1-24m
Practice Quiz 1-52m
Practice Quiz 1-62m
Practice Quiz 1-72m
Practice Quiz 1-82m
Practice Quiz 1-92m
Practice Quiz 1-102m
Graded Quiz 1-36m
Optional Challenge Problem 110m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Birth of Elements and Higgs Boson

We are made of chemical elements. So one of the fundamental questions “where do we come from?” leads to another question: “how were elements born?”. This is related to the Higgs Boson, an important particle in answering this question which remained elusive until its discovery was recently announced on July 4, 2012. In this module, we will learn recent research outcomes on these topics....
Reading
9 videos (Total 97 min), 11 quizzes
Video9 videos
2-2 Birth of Elements II11m
2-3 Birth of Elements III6m
2-4 Birth of Elements IV9m
2-5 Birth of Elements V14m
2-6 Higgs Boson Frozen into the Universe I7m
2-7 Higgs Boson Frozen into the Universe II13m
2-8 Higgs Boson Frozen into the Universe III15m
2-9 Higgs Boson Frozen into the Universe IV12m
Quiz11 practice exercises
Practice Quiz 2-12m
Practice Quiz 2-22m
Practice Quiz 2-32m
Practice Quiz 2-42m
Practice Quiz 2-52m
Graded Quiz 2-16m
Practice Quiz 2-62m
Practice Quiz 2-72m
Practice Quiz 2-82m
Practice Quiz 2-92m
Graded Quiz 2-28m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Dark Matter and Anti-Matter

In this module, we will learn about dark matter and anti-matter -- some of the more mysterious sides of the Universe. We know dark matter played an important role in the formation of stars and galaxies, but much of properties are still unknown to us. In another strange mystery, we will see how the beginning of the universe started with equal amounts of matter and anti-matter, yet somehow only matter (which we are composed of!) survived....
Reading
8 videos (Total 83 min), 1 reading, 11 quizzes
Video8 videos
3-2 Dark Matter I6m
3-3 Dark Matter II10m
3-4 Nature of Dark Matter I9m
3-5 Nature of Dark Matter II9m
3-6 Neutrinos and Anti-Matter I13m
3-7 Neutrinos and Anti-Matter II13m
3-8 Neutrinos and Anti-Matter III9m
Reading1 readings
About Optional Challenge Problems10m
Quiz11 practice exercises
Practice Quiz 3-12m
Practice Quiz 3-22m
Practice Quiz 3-32m
Practice Quiz 3-42m
Practice Quiz 3-52m
Graded Quiz 3-18m
Practice Quiz 3-62m
Practice Quiz 3-72m
Practice Quiz 3-82m
Graded Quiz 3-26m
Optional Challenge Problem 210m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Inflation and Dark Energy

At the very beginning, the Universe exponentially expanded during a period known as the cosmic inflation. Recent studies suggested that the Universe has entered into another stage of expansion, considered to be caused by 'mysterious' dark energy. In this module, we will learn about inflation, dark energy, and the possible fates of our Universe....
Reading
8 videos (Total 77 min), 9 quizzes
Video8 videos
4-2 Inflation and Uncertainty Principle II (Uncertainty Principle I )12m
4-3 Inflation and Uncertainty Principle III (Uncertainty Principle II )10m
4-4 Fate of the Universe5m
4-5 Dark Energy9m
4-6 Big Rip6m
4-7 Future Observations11m
4-8 Wrap-up5m
Quiz9 practice exercises
Practice Quiz 4-12m
Practice Quiz 4-22m
Practice Quiz 4-32m
Graded Quiz 4-18m
Practice Quiz 4-42m
Practice Quiz 4-52m
Practice Quiz 4-62m
Practice Quiz 4-72m
Graded Quiz 4-26m
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Top Reviews

By MMApr 25th 2016

Very interesting.\n\nProfessor Murayama explains really well lots of things with... few times. This course is very intensive\n\nbut so interesting.\n\nIf you like astronomy you cannot miss this one!

By VVMar 15th 2017

I loved this course... It made me realise how small we are yet how big!!! It helped me understand various aspects of universe and also about quantum physics...\n\nThank you so much for the course..

Instructor

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Hitoshi Murayama

Director, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), Todai Institutes for Advanced Study (TODIAS)

About The University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university, UTokyo offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and conducts research across the full spectrum of academic activity....

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