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Atmospheric Chemistry: Planets and Life Beyond Earth

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

Discover the extraordinary world of atmospheric chemistry.

On this course you will learn about planetary atmospheres across our solar system and beyond. You will discover what an atmosphere is, how it’s formed, and how data collected from space missions is used to determine a planet’s atmosphere.

You’ll also look into the factors needed to support life, explore the possibility of life beyond Earth and start the search for habitable planets. You’ll understand how atmospheric chemistry is communicated in the media and get a flavour of one of the most fascinating subjects explored during an undergraduate degree in Chemistry.

The course is for anyone with a general interest in atmospheric chemistry but it will be particularly useful for students at schools and colleges who want to study chemistry at university. The course is part of the Going to University collection and completing it can help improve your university application by broadening your chemistry knowledge and developing your independent learning skills.

Taught by

Julia Lehman

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Reviews

4.7 rating, based on 37 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I very much enjoyed this class, it introduced to me a field of study and concepts not part of my college degree courses. It was fascinating in that I could grasp the concepts and very much enjoyed the graphics and visuals. I especially enjoyed the interactive map of the observatories, and the opportunity to do research projects and share them with other participants and learn from the posted projects of others. I understand from viewing other student reviews and comments this class was enjoyed by students of many levels of expertise. Thank you for this opportunity to learn.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Although I have taken courses with future lear in the past, I have recently retired and will be looking to take more courses in the future. I found this course really interesting and engaging throughout.
    One area of the course that could be improved is feedback from the course tutors.
    Having submitted my comment, it would be advantages to have feedback to help and support our development.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was so helpful and informative- there were so many activities to do over a whole range of things- from researching the science behind atmospheres to finding out how we observe them using space probes and telescopes.
    Challenging but definitely worth it, thank you so much!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course introduces and uses vocabulary that one needs to explore the chemistry of space. It share beautiful photos and lists many websites for further study. The exercises give a glimpse of the kind that might be expected at university.
  • Marian completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    very interesting course. Helps to understand the atmospheric chemistry and the conditions for life as we know it. The explanation is clear and helped me a lot to understand how life started on our own planet.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot from it . It is taken in a manner that at no point we loose our interest . Our regular participation is also encouraged and constant support is also provided.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Un curso muy interesante e importante en el aspecto de la química atmosférica de diversos planetas. Aprendí varios temas nuevos del curso.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellent, complete course, very detailed and easy to read. I am very curious, because the scientific subject is similar to my work.
  • Anonymous
    I found this course excellent especially so for those who intend to take degrees in this or similar subjects. I was interested in the course only and found it fascinating and really stretched the mind. I have a new understanding of researching well known scientific sites and questioning everything I read, confirming with other sites.

    Thank you Future Learn - I have been doing your courses for years now and cannot wait to start the next one. Thanks to all the educators and staff. A wonderful place of teaching and learning.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was stimulating with insightful teachings in many facets. These include planets and their atmospheric make up, star systems, exploration (space craft and observation technologies), and the use of reliable research tools.
    I would recommend this course for anyone with an interest or background in Astronomy or Earth Sciences.
    To get the most out of the course all steps are to be completed. Where possible use latest technology to compliment with available course tools.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This class is absolutely fascinating! I admit I was a little worried it was going to be too advanced for me, but it's not. Julia does a fabulous job breaking down the information so everyone can understand, even if you don't know a lot of Chemistry. Which is the sign of an excellent educator. She also manages to keep it from being boring. I really hope to take more classes with her as the Professor. Thank you so much for a great class.
  • Balaji .

    Balaji completed this course.

    Before the learning of this course , I had only the knowledge about our Earth's atmosphere and its constitution. After completing this course , now I'm sure about that I have some knowledge on planetary chemistry and what are the elements are present in the other planets.
    I realize that Learning is a great gift . Here it was possible to me by future learn .For write a test or getting certificate , be sure with money .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I completed all of the course except the end of course assessment, which I was not registered to complete. the course was interesting with some very useful graphics and links to additional material. Although interested in some areas of science it's not an area where I have any knowledge or expertise so will not be continuing within this discipline except on fairly general short courses.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a current undergrad (not at Leeds, but a similar institution) soon to be choosing Y3 option modules it was a really nice way to sample atmospheric and earth chemistry to see if this is the specialisation for me. I was kept engaged throughout the course and felt that it was just the right length (potentially a longer version could be produced for those with a deep-rooted interest!
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    Richard E.

    Richard completed this course.

    The professor was engaging. The course content, however, was too thin technically. This may have just been due to my expectation of taking a Chemistry class with an emphasis on atmospheres. Also, I had previously taken the Coursera class, "Science of the Solar System" which was a deep dive. So, perhaps, I was expecting too much with this class.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent information and nice didactic!! Where one can learn with the quizes and the excercises. I am learning objective and clear information in the past when I saw news about a

    Astronomy, got very general information now I can understand since the scientific point of view!! Thank you very much for provide the information to all the public!!
  • Hermes completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    In a caming future I will become a chemist and this course atmospheric chemistry and life beyond Earth it was incredible I loved the class and the development of speach the teacher had ,it was unique in it's class thanks for sharing hope fully in a near coming future I will personally come to visit to do keep learning
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed this course, and found it a very interesting topic to learn about. I also liked that it was not too intense, as each lesson was the perfect length, there was not tonnes of writing to read through, and the videos were kept short but full of information! It has made me want to start new course soon too!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    An excellent course.
    Provides the student with a fascinating insight of various atmospheric conditions. The science involved in accessing and analysing the atmospheres is very interesting.
    A great combination course if considering or already studying Moons.
    Thank you to all involved.
    Stay Safe everyone :0)
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The introduction of the course generates curiosity and further steps take you to understanding the subject. The exercise encourages you to know more and more about it and also puts forward the importance of the technique. The course is fantastic for a person entering in this field.

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