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Approx. 27 hours to complete

Suggested: 2 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Black Holes

Hello and welcome to the first module of Astro 101! In this module, you will become familiar with the basic structure of a black hole, learn the terminology used to describe them, and explore the history of black hole physics....
12 videos (Total 108 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
01.02 – Black Holes in Pop Culture8m
01.03 – Connecting Gravity and Light6m
01.04 – Getting on the Same Wavelength11m
01.05 – Working with Light15m
01.06 – Doppler Shift10m
01.07 – Newtonian Gravity16m
01.08 – Escape Velocity11m
01.09 – Dark Stars5m
01.10 – What is a Black Hole?11m
01.11 – Black Hole Basics2m
Interviews with experts - How are black holes depicted in Japanese popular culture?4m
4 readings
Meet Your Instructors10m
Welcome to Week 110m
Explore Escape Velocity10m
Interactive Learning Objects10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1: Introduction to Black Holes20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Life and Death of a Star

Stars are the progenitors of black holes. In this module the student will learn about the lifecycle of stars, how stars produce energy, and how they radiate away energy. We will explore the death of stars, and what is produced by the death of stars, on all scales ; from the building blocks of life (carbon) to black holes. ...
11 videos (Total 80 min), 1 quiz
11 videos
02.02 – The Stellar Nursery7m
02.03 – Now That's a Stellar Sequence!8m
02.04 – Energy Production in Stars14m
02.05 – Energy Loss in Stars5m
02.06 – The Sun's Light and Life on Earth9m
02.07 – End of a Star's Life12m
02.08 – Life After the Death of Low Mass Stars8m
02.09 – What Comes Next for High Mass Stars8m
02.10 – Summary: The Circle of Life1m
Interviews with experts - where are the Sun's siblings?1m
1 practice exercise
Module 2: Life & Death of a Star20m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

The Structure of Spacetime

What happens if you travel close to the speed of light? What happens to the passage of time as you fall towards a black hole? This module will explore relativity. We look at the many ways black holes affect the universe around them from discussions of reference frames through to the change in the passage of time as you approach a black hole....
9 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
03.02 – Fishing in Spacetime7m
03.03 – Introducing Special Relativity Theory6m
03.04 – Spacetime7m
03.05 – Effects of Special Relativity15m
03.06 – The Equivalence Principle4m
03.07 – Curved Spacetime13m
03.08 – Summary2m
Interviews with experts - What was the early history of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity?5m
1 reading
Explore Special Relativity10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3: The Structure of Spacetime20m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Sizing Up Black Holes

So far discussion has focussed on either the general case for black holes, of the stellar mass variety (endpoint of a star's life). In this module students will explore the various sizes of black holes and their measurable properties. Students will learn that there are four major types of astrophysical black holes (primordial/mini black hole’s, stellar mass, intermediate mass and supermassive black holes), and discover current theories on their formation, and what might feed them. Students will also gain an knowledge of ‘no-hair’ theorem and gravitational lensing. We will also explore the formation of supermassive black holes, intermediate mass black holes, and mini black holes in particle accelerators. ...
10 videos (Total 56 min), 1 quiz
10 videos
04.02 – May the Schwarz(schild) Be With You6m
04.03 – Dancing With the Stars12m
04.04 – Weight Training5m
04.05 – Stellar Mass Black Holes3m
04.06 – Supermassive Black Holes10m
04.07 – Intermediate Mass Black Holes8m
04.08 – Super Tiny Black Holes2m
04.09 – Summary: Preparing to Explore1m
Interviews with experts - How do supermassive black holes form?3m
1 practice exercise
Module 4: Sizing Up Black Holes20m
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By PDFeb 16th 2019

Great course, I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot. The graphics and illustrations were fun and informative, and I also enjoyed the food scenes - helped stick it in my memory. Thanks much!

By HSJan 27th 2019

Thank you for this course. Had a great time and learned lots of new and interesting stuff. cheers ^_^ (too much food references, though :D)

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Sharon Morsink

Associate Professor
Department of Physics, University of Alberta

About University of Alberta

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