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Approx. 18 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

GravitationTheory Of RelativityPhysicsAstronomyBlack Hole

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67%

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Introduction to Black Holes

3 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 111 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 Wavelength10m
01.05 – Working with Light15m
01.06 – Doppler Shift12m
01.07 – Newtonian Gravity16m
01.08 – Escape Velocity10m
01.09 – Dark Stars5m
01.10 – What is a Black Hole?11m
01.11 – Summary: Black Hole Basics2m
How are black holes depicted in Japanese manga? Interview with Dr. Mimi Okabe4m
4 readings
Meet Your Instructors10m
Welcome to Week 110m
Explore Escape Velocity10m
Interactive Learning Objects10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1: Introduction to Black Holes30m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Life and Death of a Star

2 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 81 min)
12 videos
02.02 – The Stellar Nursery7m
Where are the Sun's siblings? Interview with Dr. Erik Rosolowsky, Professor at the University of Alberta1m
02.03 – Now That's a Stellar Sequence!8m
02.04 – Energy Production in Stars14m
02.05 – Energy Loss from Stars5m
02.06 – The Sun's Light and Life on Earth9m
What is a Super-Earth? Interview with Dr. Kelsey Hoffman, researcher at the SETI Institute1m
02.07 – End of a Star's Life12m
02.08 – Life After the Death of Low Mass Stars8m
02.09 – Life After the Death of High Mass Stars8m
02.10 – Summary: The Circle of Life1m
1 practice exercise
Module 2: Life & Death of a Star30m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

The Structure of Spacetime

2 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 68 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
03.02 – Fishing in Spacetime7m
03.03 – Introducing Special Relativity Theory6m
03.04 – Spacetime7m
Could there be extra dimensions? Interview with Dr. Douglas Gingrich, Professor at the University of Alberta1m
03.05 – Effects of Special Relativity15m
03.06 – The Equivalence Principle4m
How do black holes fall? Interview with Dr. Jeremy Heyl, Professor at the University of British Columbia.1m
03.07 – Curved Spacetime13m
The history of the earliest test of general relativity. Interview with Dr. Robert Smith, Professor of History at the University of Alberta.5m
03.08 – Summary: Living Relativistically2m
1 reading
Explore Special Relativity10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3: The Structure of Spacetime30m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Sizing Up Black Holes

1 hour to complete
11 videos (Total 57 min)
11 videos
04.02 – May the Schwarz(schild) Be With You6m
04.03 – Dancing with the Stars12m
04.04 – The Big Black Hole Weigh-in5m
Is there a limit to the size of a black hole? Interview with Dr. Gregory Sivakoff, Professor at the University of Alberta52s
04.05 – Stellar Mass Black Holes3m
04.06 – Supermassive Black Holes10m
How do supermassive black holes form? Interview with Dr. Daryl Haggard, Professor at McGill University3m
04.07 – Intermediate Mass Black Holes8m
04.08 – SUPERtiny Black Holes2m
04.09 – Summary: Preparing to Explore1m
1 practice exercise
Module 4: Sizing Up Black Holes30m

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