The Science of the Solar System (Coursera)

The Science of the Solar System (Coursera)

The Science of the Solar System is online course offered by California Institute of Technology via Coursera.

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Overview

Learn about the science behind the current exploration of the solar system in this free class. Use principles from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology to understand the latest from Mars, comprehend the outer solar system, ponder planets outside our solar system, and search for habitability in our neighborhood and beyond.

The Science of the Solar System course is generally taught at an advanced level assuming a prior knowledge of undergraduate math and physics, but the majority of the concepts and lectures can be understood without these prerequisites. The quizzes and final exam are designed to make you think critically about the material you have learned rather than to simply make you memorize facts. The class is expected to be challenging but rewarding.

Syllabus

  • Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 1)
  • Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 2)
  • Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 3)
  • Unit 2: The insides of giant planets (week 1)
  • Unit 2: The insides of giant planets (week 2)
  • Unit 3: Big questions from small bodies (week 1)
  • Unit 3: Big questions from small bodies (week 2)
  • Unit 4: Life in the solar system (week 1)
  • Unit 4: Life in the solar system and beyond (week 2)
  • Final exam

Coach

Mike Brown

Additional information

Course Delivery

Online

Course Efforts

29 Hours

Course Enrollment

Free

Course Language

English

Course Length

10 weeks

Course Level

Mixed

Course Provider

Course School

Course Subtitles

Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Flexible Learning

Yes

Verified Certificate

Paid

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