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Suggested: 1 1/2 to 2 hours of study and review, each of 5 modules. There is also a final project....

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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 1 1/2 to 2 hours of study and review, each of 5 modules. There is also a final project....

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction to the Sun and Eclipses

8 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
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
1 hour to complete

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

7 videos (Total 45 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
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
1 hour to complete

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

7 videos (Total 30 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
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
1 hour to complete

How did the sun form?

7 videos (Total 26 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
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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Top reviews from The Sun and the Total Eclipse of August 2017

By JBJul 24th 2017

I learned a lot and wished I'd known how interested I am in physics. Looking forward to August 21, 2017. Thanks Dr. Doug for your teaching!

By RJul 3rd 2017

Excellent Course structure. This course is suitable for all the college going students and for all branches. Thus a universal course.

Instructor

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Douglas Duncan

Astronomer, Director, Fiske Planetarium
Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences

About University of Colorado Boulder

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