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Astrophysics

Learn contemporary astrophysics from the leaders in the field.

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  • XSeries via edX and Australian National University
  • $200 for 9 months
  • 3 hours a week of effort
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Astrophysics
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☆☆☆☆☆ (0 Reviews)
Overview
Learn contemporary astrophysics from the leaders in the field.
Credential Type
Provider
Cost
$200
Effort
3 hours a week
Duration
9 months

The Astrophysics XSeries Program consists of four foundational courses in astrophysics taught by prestigious leaders in the field, including Nobel Prize winners.  You will be taught by Brian Schmidt, who led the team that discovered dark energy – work which won him the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics, and by prize-winning educator, science communicator and astrophysics researcher Paul Francis, who will take you through an incredible journey where you learn about the unsolved mysteries of the universe, exoplanets, black holes and supernovae, and general cosmology. Astronomy and astrophysics is the study of everything beyond Earth. Astronomers work in universities, at observatories, for various space agencies like NASA, and more. The study of astronomy provides you with a wide range of skills in math, engineering, and computation which are sought after skills across many occupations. This XSeries Program is great for anyone to start their studies in astronomy and astrophysics or individuals simply interested in what lies beyond Earth.

What You'll Learn

  • An understanding of the biggest unsolved mysteries in astrophysics and how researchers are attempting to answer them
  • Methods used to find and study exoplanets
  • How scientists tackle challenging problems
  • About white dwarfs, novae, supernovae, neutro stars and black holes and how quantum mechanics and relativity help explain these objects
  • How astrophysicists investigate the origin, nature and fate of our universe
★★★★★ (9) 209 weeks Self paced
<p>The discovery of exoplanets is one of the greatest revolutions in modern astrophysics. Twenty years ago, we had no idea whether any of the countless stars out there beyond our solar system had planets or not.</p> <p>Today, things are totally different. Over 1,000 planetary systems have been discovered. The universe is teeming with planets. And what strange planets they are - hot Jupiter-like planets skimming the surfaces of their stars, cold and lonely free-floating planets far from any star, planets made of diamond, planets with rain made of glass, super-Earths and even planets orbiting neutron stars. In this course, we’ll bring you up-to-date with the latest research on exoplanets, and how this research has revolutionised our understanding of the formation of solar systems like our own.</p> <p>This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of these mysteries than that offered by popular science articles and shows. You will need reasonable high-school level mathematics and physics to get the most out of this course.</p> <p>This is the second of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. It follows on from the introductory course on the Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe, and is followed by courses on the violent universe and on cosmology. These courses compromise the <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">Astrophysics XSeries</a>. <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">Learn more</a> about the XSeries program and <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">register for all the courses</a> in the series today!</p>
★★★★★ (6) 209 weeks Self paced
<p>Interested in exploring the deadliest and most mysterious parts of our universe? Or, investigating black holes, which warp the very fabric of space-time around them?</p> <p>We will look at what we know about these objects, and also at the many unsolved mysteries that surround them. We will also study white-dwarf stars and neutron stars, where the mind-bending laws of quantum mechanics collide with relativity. And, examine dwarf novae, classical novae, supernovae and even hypernovae: the most violent explosions in the cosmos.</p> <p>This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of astronomy than that offered by popular science articles and television shows.You will need reasonable high-school level Maths and Physics to get the most out of this course.</p> <p>This is the third of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. It follows on from a course on the Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe, and a course on exoplanets. It is not necessary to have done the previous courses first: all necessary background material is repeated here. It is followed by a course on cosmology. These courses compromise the <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">Astrophysics XSeries</a>. <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">Learn more</a> about the XSeries program and <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">register for all the courses</a> in the series today!</p>
★★★★★ (9) Self paced
<p>This course covers cosmology – the study of our entire universe. Where did the universe come from? How will it end? What is the nature of space and time? For the first time in human history, we can give precise, reliable answers to many cosmological questions, thanks to a spectacular series of recent breakthroughs. But many of the most fundamental mysteries remain unsolved. In this course we will cover the latest advances and the unsolved mysteries. We will explain the recent observations, and with the help of guest speakers Lawrence Krauss and Brian Cox, we will explore the theories behind modern cosmology.</p> <p>This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of astronomy than that offered by popular science articles and shows. You will need reasonable high-school level Maths and Physics to get the most out of this course.</p> <p>This is one of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. You can take these four courses in any order. These courses compromise the <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">Astrophysics XSeries</a>. <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">Learn more</a> about the XSeries program and <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">register for all the courses</a> in the series today!</p>
★★★★★ (16) 209 weeks Self paced
<p>Despite spectacular recent progress, there is still a lot we don't know about our universe. We don't know why the Big Bang happened. We don't know what most of the universe is made of. We don't know whether there is life in space. We don't know how planets form, how black holes get so big, or where the first stars have gone. This course will take you through nine of the greatest unsolved problems of modern astrophysics. We can't promise you the answers, but we will explain what we do and don't know, and give you an up-to-date understanding of current research. This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of these mysteries than that offered by popular science articles and shows. </p> <p>This is the first of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. It is followed by courses on exoplanets, on the violent universe, and on cosmology. These courses compromise the <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">Astrophysics XSeries</a>. <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">Learn more</a> about the XSeries program and <a href="https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics">register for all the courses</a> in the series today!</p>

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