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Beginner Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Introduction to the Sun and Eclipses

1 hour to complete
8 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
1. Description and video of a total eclipse - watch people and animals freak out!4m
2. How to watch an eclipse5m
3. Overview of Course Topics and Goals2m
4. Eclipses of the sun.1m
5. Total vs. partial eclipses1m
6. How Astronomers Study the Sun. The Sun's size compared with earth.4m
7. Sunspots and the solar activity cycle1m
1 reading
You can start final project now!2m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz18m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Most of what we know about the Sun is learned from Light

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 45 min)
7 videos
2. What is light? Differences between red, blue, ultraviolet, and X-ray light.2m
3. Properties of light. White light. Kirchhoff-Bunsen laws. How color tells you temperature.8m
4. Don’t be fooled by reflected light!5m
5. Is light a Wave? Is it a particle? It’s both! The strange world of quantum physics.6m
6. Spectrum lines – how they tell us what the sun is made of; the quantum origin of spectrum lines.8m
7. How visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays reveal the sun’s photosphere, chromosphere, and corona. Magnetic fields and the solar wind.10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

How does the Sun work? What makes it shine? What’s inside?

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 30 min)
7 videos
2. Newton's law of gravity3m
3. The "pefect gas" law that explains temperature, pressure, and density3m
4. Inside the sun; nuclear energy generation.8m
5. The transport of energy from the sun's core to the surface1m
6. Neutrinos and Sunquakes (solar seismology)4m
7. Einstein proved right by a total eclipse - gravity warps space!6m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz10m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

How did the sun form?

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 26 min)
7 videos
2. Regions of star formation in space.3m
3. Converting gravitational potential energy into kinetic energy heats forming stars.5m
4. Conservation of angular momentum causes a new star to spin.2m
5. A previous generation of stars made the elements that formed the sun and planets.3m
6. Different kinds of stars make different elements and recyle them into the galaxy.3m
7. The formation of the planets around the sun.5m
1 practice exercise
Quiz for Week 426m

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