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Approx. 38 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...
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100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 38 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 1

Welcome to The Evolving Universe!...
Reading
7 videos (Total 90 min), 2 readings, 7 quizzes
Video7 videos
The Oldest Science6m
Astronomy as a Science12m
Messengers from the Universe21m
Distances and Scales18m
Kepler's Laws, Newton's Laws, and Dynamics of the Solar System23m
Celestial Coordinate Systems, Time Systems, and Earth Rotation6m
Reading2 readings
Lesson Slides10m
Lesson Slides10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Self-Test Questions: The Oldest Science4m
Self-Test Questions: Astronomy as a Science4m
Self-Test Questions: Messengers from the Universe4m
Self-Test Questions: Distances and Scales4m
Self-Test Questions: Kepler's Laws, Newton's Laws, and Dynamics of the Solar System4m
Self-Test Questions: Celestial Coordinate Systems, Time Systems, and Earth Rotation4m
Quiz 120m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 2

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Reading
10 videos (Total 97 min), 2 readings, 11 quizzes
Video10 videos
Geometric Optics, Angular Resolution11m
Detectors (UV, Visible, and IR)9m
Radio Telescopes7m
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes6m
Non-Electromagnetic Observations4m
Basics and Kirchoff's Laws11m
The Origin of Spectroscopic Lines12m
Blackbody Radiation and Other Continuum Emission Mechanisms9m
Fluxes and Magnitudes8m
Reading2 readings
Lesson Slides10m
Lesson Slides10m
Quiz11 practice exercises
Self-Test Questions: Optical Telescopes (UV, Visible, IR)4m
Self-Test Questions: Geometric Optics, Angular Resolution4m
Self-Test Questions: Detectors (UV, Visible, IR)4m
Self-Test Questions: Radio Telescopes4m
Self-Test Questions: X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes4m
Self-Test Questions: Non-Electromagnetic Observations4m
Self-Test Questions: Basics and Kirchoff's Laws4m
Self-Test Questions: The Origin of Spectroscopic Lines4m
Self-Test Questions: Blackbody Radiation and Other Continuum Emission Mechanisms4m
Self-Test Questions: Fluxes and Magnitudes4m
Quiz 232m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 3

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Reading
7 videos (Total 87 min), 2 readings, 8 quizzes
Video7 videos
Interstellar Dust: Extinction and Reddening8m
Star Formation17m
Formation of Planetary Systems3m
Contents of the Solar System23m
Formation of the Solar System14m
Planetary Atmospheres4m
Reading2 readings
Lesson Slides10m
Lesson Slides10m
Quiz8 practice exercises
Self-Test Questions: Interstellar Medium: General Properties4m
Self-Test Questions: Interstellar Dust: Extinction and Reddening4m
Self-Test Questions: Star Formation4m
Self-Test Questions: Formation of Planetary Systems4m
Self-Test Questions: Contents of the Solar System4m
Self-Test Questions: Formation of the Solar System4m
Self-Test Questions: Planetary Atmospheres4m
Quiz 322m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 4

...
Reading
8 videos (Total 88 min), 2 readings, 9 quizzes
Video8 videos
Searching for Exosolar Planets13m
Studying Other Worlds9m
Life in the Universe9m
Stellar Structure Basics10m
Energy Generation in Stars11m
Energy Transport in Stars3m
The Sun Our Star16m
Reading2 readings
Lesson Slides10m
Lesson Slides10m
Quiz9 practice exercises
Self-Test Questions: Thermodynamics of Planets4m
Self-Test Questions: Searching for Exosolar Planets4m
Self-Test Questions: Studying Other Worlds4m
Self-Test Questions: Life in the Universe4m
Self-Test Questions: Stellar Structure Basics4m
Self-Test Questions: Energy Generation in Stars4m
Self-Test Questions: Energy Transport in Stars4m
Self-Test Questions: The Sun Our Star4m
Quiz 420m
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Top Reviews

By JHJul 16th 2017

Wonderful course! A brief introduction to cosmology but with plenty of material to cover. I recommend researching for papers additionally to the material, but you'll need more time than 4 weeks.

By AHOct 19th 2015

Took this professor's course in Galaxies and Cosmology which was for 2nd year physics majors. I think this course is a more general course for non-physics-majors. Excellent course!

Instructor

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S. George Djorgovski

Professor
Astronomy

About Caltech

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