by Dr. Scott T. Miller, Dr. Mercedes T. Richards, & Stephen L. Redman
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Astronomy 001, Section 005 is a web-based course, complete with online presentations, interactive media, and video demonstrations. This course covers everything from mankind’s first understanding of the heavens out to other planets, galaxies, and the edge of the known Universe!
|1||Video01 - Introduction||ASTRO 001.005 - Podcasts - Introduction||1/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||Video02 - Rotation & Revolution||ASTRO 001.005 - Podcasts - Rotation & Revolution||1/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Video03 - Galileo's Experiment||ASTRO 001.005 - Podcasts - Galileo's Experiment||1/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||Video04 - Newton’s First Law – the Tablecloth Trick||ASTRO 001.005 - Podcasts - Tablecloth Trick||1/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||Video05 - Newton’s First Law – Ball & String||ASTRO 001.005 - Podcasts - Ball & String||1/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||Video06 - Blackbody Radiation||A demonstration of two laws that govern blackbody radiation. As a stove top becomes hotter, it radiates first in infrared, then red (visible) light. Comparing two stove top burners, given two burners at the same temperature, the one with the larger surface area will boil water faster.||2/2/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||Video07 - Spectroscopy||A demonstration of how atoms absorb and emit light based on the movement of electrons from one energy level to another.||2/2/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||Video08 - Angular Momentum||A demonstration of the conservation of angular momentum. Given a rotating object, as the distribution of mass decreases, the rate of rotation increases.||2/2/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||Video09 - Mass vs Density||A demonstration of the difference between mass and density. Three boxes of equal volume have different densities because they each have a different mass.||2/7/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||Video10 - Make a Comet||A demonstration of how to make a model of a comet using household ingredients.||2/8/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|11||Video11 - Terrestrial Atmospheres||A demonstration of various terrestrial atmospheres, and what it would be like to live on planets with different types of atmospheres. Scenarios such as what it would be like to have no atmosphere, or too much atmosphere, are depicted. The fact that the boiling point of liquid depends not only on temperature but also atmospheric pressure is also shown. Finally, the density of various gases is investigated.||2/27/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|12||Video12 - Jovian Planets||A demonstration of various properties of Jovian planets are explored. Among them are: how to determine the rotations of Jovian planets, differential rotation, and why some Jovian planets are more oblate.||2/27/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||Video13 - Uranus' Tilt||An investigation into the theory that Uranus’ extreme tilt is due to a collision in its past. A rapidly rotating bicycle wheel is used to represent the rotating planet.||2/27/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|14||Video14 - Plasma||--||3/2/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||Video15 - Parallax||A demonstration of the concept of parallax, or the apparent shift of nearby objects relative to background objects, due to a change in perspective of the observer. An explanation of how astronomers use this to measure distances is also given.||4/1/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|16||Video16 - Selection Effect||A demonstration of how scientific data may be prone to bias, due to a selection effect in how the data is collected. A discussion of the most common type of stars in our Galaxy is also included.||4/5/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||Video17 - Pulsars||A demonstration of how pulsars form, and how they are detected from Earth.||4/13/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|18||Video18 - Spiral Density Waves||A demonstration of what a spiral density wave is, and how it moves through a Galaxy. An exploration of how clusters of stars form within spiral arms, and why luminous blue stars are only found within spiral arms, is also discussed.||4/5/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
|19||Video19 - Expansion of the Universe||A demonstration of why galaxies appear to be moving away from us, Hubble’s Law, and how this is due to the expansion of the universe.||4/24/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
Dr. Miller is great at explaining things simply and concisely and makes it easy to understand. His little doses of comedy are also appreciated.
More slapstick than astronomy
I'm far beyond teenager, so not impressed by 10% information & the rest joking around at assistant's expense.
Great for 6th 7th 8th grade