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Beginner Level

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 2-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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.

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12 videos (Total 95 min), 3 readings, 14 quizzes
12 videos
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
3 readings
Course Description10m
Syllabus10m
About Optional Challenge Problems10m
14 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
Week
2
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.

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9 videos (Total 97 min), 11 quizzes
9 videos
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
11 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
Week
3
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.

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8 videos (Total 83 min), 1 reading, 11 quizzes
8 videos
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
1 reading
About Optional Challenge Problems10m
11 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
Week
4
3 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.

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15 videos (Total 146 min), 1 reading, 9 quizzes
15 videos
4-4 Fate of the Universe5m
4-5 Dark Energy9m
4-6 Big Rip6m
4-7 Future Observations11m
4-8 Wrap-up5m
Extra Lecture 1 Theoretical Discovery of Higgs Boson8m
Extra Lecture 2-1 Discovery of Neutrino Oscillations and Neutrino Mass I13m
Extra Lecture 2-2 Discovery of Neutrino Oscillations and Neutrino Mass II12m
Extra Lecture 3-1 Discovery of Gravitational Waves I7m
Extra Lecture 3-2 Discovery of Gravitational Waves II11m
Extra Lecture 3-3 Discovery of Gravitational Waves III10m
Extra Lecture 3-4 Discovery of Gravitational Waves IV4m
1 reading
Introduction1m
9 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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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..

By GVJan 7th 2018

This was an incredible experience.thanx to u i came to know about our existance in the univerce, how we have formed and what going to happen in the future .knowing all these info was fun..........

Instructor

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Hitoshi Murayama

MacAdams Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
University Professor, 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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