||First Day of Class!
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||Chapter 1 -- A Universe of Life
|Sept. 5, 7
||Chapter 2 -- The Science of Life in the Universe
Greek Astronomy Copernicus To Newton What Is Science? Gravity
|Sept 12, 14
||Chapter 3 -- The Universal Context of Life
Size of the Universe
What's In the Universe? The History of the Universe Solar Systems
Matter and Energy The Formation of Solar Systems
|Chapter 4 -- The Habitability of Earth Geology
History of Earth and Life
|Sept. 26, 28
||Chapter 4 (continued) Radiometric
The Hadean Eon
|Oct. 3, 5
||Chapter 4 (continued) The
Earth's Interior Plate
Earth's Magnetic Field Climate and The Greenhouse Effect
Long Term Climate Change
Chapter 5 -- The Nature of Life on Earth The Definition of Life
Evolution and Life
|Oct. 10, 12
||Chapter 5 (continued) Cells
|Oct. 17, 19
||Chapter 6 -- The Origin and Evolution of Life on
Did Life Begin?
How Did Life Begin? Panspermia The Early Evolution of Life
|Oct. 24, 26
|Chapter 7 -- Searching for Life in Our Solar
The Rise of Oxygen Impacts and Extinctions
The Environmental Requirements for Life
|Oct. 31, Nov. 2
and the Inner Solar System Life
and the Outer Solar System
Solar System Exploration.
Chapter 8 -- Mars Mars and Pop Culture Mars' Atmosphere and Surface
|Nov. 7, 9
Change on Mars Searching
for Life on Mars
The Martian Meteroite
Chapter 9 -- Life on Jovian Moons
An Overview of the Jovian Moons Habitability of the Jovian Moons
|Nov. 14, 16
Life on Titan
Chapter 10 -- The Nature and Evolution of Habitability
The Habitability Zone Venus and Habitability
Habitability and Planet Characteristics
Habitable Zone Earth's
Chapter 11 -- Habitability Outside the Solar System
Stars and Habitability Detecting Extrasolar Planets
Types of Extrasolar Planets
|Chapter 12 -- The Search
for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
|Dec. 5, 7
||Chapter 13 -- Interstellar
Travel and the Fermi Paradox
Students will understand the place of life in the physical Universe.
Students will be able to explain how scientists use knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology to evaluate the likelihood of life evolving in locations outside the Earth.
Students will be able to describe how the physical conditions of locations in our Solar System make these locations either suitable or unsuitable for life.
Students will be able to describe how the physical conditions of extra solar planets make them either suitable or unsuitable for life.
Students will be able to use scientific inquiry and the scientific method to evaluate controversial ideas, e.g. the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, the Drake Equation, the Fermi Paradox.
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