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Online Course

Atmospheric Chemistry: Planets and Life Beyond Earth

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

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Found in Astronomy, Chemistry
  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate $44 Certificate Available
  • Effort 2 hours a week
  • Duration 2 weeks long
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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.

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Julia Lehman

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Atmospheric Chemistry: Planets and Life Beyond Earth Based on 15 reviews

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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.
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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.

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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!
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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.
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Marian K
by 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.
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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.
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Anonymous
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Un curso muy interesante e importante en el aspecto de la química atmosférica de diversos planetas. Aprendí varios temas nuevos del curso.
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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.
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Anonymous
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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.
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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.
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A very interesting and enjoyable MOOC which features hands on exercises in spectroscopy. Personally, I would have preferred more scientific information rather writing a blog. But otherwise a wonderful course.
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Earlier steps seemed harder than later ones. This course also requires some prior knowledge of chemistry an astronomy, but a it is a highly interesting course
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Many interesting aspects in this course that make me think how to identify planets that have conditions to sustain life and how to study their atmosphere.
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Really enjoyed this course. Complex ideas were explained in an understandable way. The mix of video, text and exercises maintained interest throughout.
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This course is perfect for anyone who are new to the subject. It is a short course so if you don't have a lot of time it's perfect.
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