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The Evolving Universe

Seminar Leader:
Masao Sako


Our Universe is a surprisingly dynamic place. In this seminar, we will explore the motion and evolution of structures in our Universe, and what we can learn from observing the night sky. We will study the motion of the Earth, asteroids, comets, and other planets in our solar system, how they are formed, the life and death of stars, and the history of the Universe. Somewhat advanced topics, such as dark matter and dark energy, which determine how our Universe expands, will also be explored.
The seminar is appropriate for physics and other science teachers of all levels. Some topics, including the production of the elements and the evolution of stars, are also appropriate for high-school chemistry and earth science teachers. Teachers of math may also find material useful to demonstrate key competencies in measurements or scale.

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Planetary Motion From the Ground Up

Klint Kanopka
Keywords: advanced placement, advanced placement physics, ap physics, argument, astronomy, Galileo, geocentric, geometry, gravity, heliocentric, High School, Inquiry, Kepler, Math, mathematics, Newton, observation, orbit, Physical Science, physics, Science, simulation, solar system

Your Galactic Address: Space, Place, and Perspective

Amanda Amanullah
Keywords: astronomy, elementary, English, fractions, Geography, geometry, Math, perspective, physics, point of view, Proportion, Ratio, Reading, scale, Science, social studies, solar system, space, Space Science, universe, writing

Your Slice of the Sky – Elliptical Motion in the Sky

Vicki Baker
Keywords: algebra, Conic Sections, ellipse, parabola

Cosmic Chemistry with Radioactive Wrinkles

Maya Bhagat
Keywords: Chemical Cosmology, Nucleosynthesis

Nuclear Fusion in the Cosmos and the Chemistry Curriculum

Alex Leed
Keywords: astronomy, Chemistry, Fusion, High School, Physical Science, stellar evolution

Determining the Motion of Galaxies Using Doppler Redshift

Caitlin M. Matyas
Keywords: astronomy, discussion, Doppler effect, High School, Hubble expansion, Inquiry, Physical Science, physics, redshift, Science, simulation

The Born Identity of Atoms

Eual A. Phillips
Keywords: algebra, atoms, Chemistry, fission, fusion linear equations, graphing, High School, Medicine, modelling, neutrons, nuclear, nuclides, Physical Science, physics, protons, radioactivity, reactions, Science, stars, stellar nucleosynthesis, universe

Dark Matter and Dark Conflict in Poetry: A Comparison

Kathleen Radebaugh
Keywords: Dark energy, dark matter, poetry, universe, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, writing portfolio