Science Question (Due Jan 25 10:00 PM EST)


Part A

You will first need to review the course notes for this week and watch the recorded lectures. Please post at least two well thought out questions that you have over this week’s material. Questions should be based on the course notes or lectures and be related to physical science. These questions can include things you are not sure you understand, concepts you find confusing, or questions that go beyond the scope of this course. I will respond to one or both of your questions in the grade comments section after submission.

Part B

Below you will find links to online videos for you to watch. You have had three weeks of practice in answering prompts, so this week we want to hear your choice response to at least one of the following videos. Tell us which video(s) you picked, your initial reactions, and any questions or conversations the video provoked.

Your response for Part B must be a minimum of 150 words. You can choose to either watch one video and post a response of 150 words on that single video or you may watch more than one video and distribute the 150 words across more video responses. For example, if you chose to watch two videos, your response could be 75 words each for a total of 150 words.

Double Slit Experiment

The double-slit experiment is a demonstration that light and matter can display characteristics of both classically defined waves and particles.

Falling Into A Black Hole

A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. In this video, Michael Stevens will guide us through what we would probably experience while falling through a black hole.

The Birth of Stars

Professor Stephen Hawking explains how stars are made.

The Fermi Paradox

The Fermi paradox states that, since there are nearly endless chances for life to evolve in the universe, civilizations must occur in some of those instances. But to date there have been no signs of these civilizations. Bill Nye has a simple yet hopeful answer to the mystery.

An animated exploration of the famous Fermi Paradox. Given the vast number of planets in the universe, many much older than Earth, why haven’t we yet seen obvious signs of alien life? The potential answers to this question are numerous and intriguing, alarming and hopeful.

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