Astronomy Lecture 3: Planets Everywhere

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In this third lecture of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand describes methods of detecting other solar systems and planets and their properties in the interest of answering the question: Is our solar system unique, or are there others like it in the Universe? A lecture video and companion PowerPoint presentation are also available on FoSO.

Astronomy Lecture 2: Lives of the Stars

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In this second lecture of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand explores the life history of a star, a biography encompassing millions of years, and how astrophysicists are able to trace stellar evolution. A lecture video and companion PowerPoint presentation are also available on FoSO.

Astronomy Lecture 1: What Is a Star?

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In this first lecture of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand sifts through astrophysics jargon to explain the basic physics behind stars—"our signposts for measuring our place in the Universe and its history"—and how they evolve over cosmic time. A lecture video and companion PowerPoint presentation are also available on FoSO.

Astronomy Lecture 3: Planets Everywhere

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Planets Everywhere

In this third lecture video of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand describes methods of detecting other solar systems and planets and their properties in the interest of answering the question: Is our solar system unique, or are there others like it in the Universe? A lecture transcript and companion PowerPoint presentation are also available on FoSO.

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Astronomy Lecture 2: Lives of the Stars

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Lives of the Stars

In this second lecture video of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand explores the life history of a star, a biography encompassing millions of years, and how astrophysicists are able to trace stellar evolution. A lecture transcript and companion PowerPoint presentation are also available on FoSO.

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Astronomy Lecture 1: What Is a Star?

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What Is a Star?

In this first lecture video of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand sifts through astrophysics jargon to explain the basic physics behind stars—"our signposts for measuring our place in the Universe and its history"—and how they evolve over cosmic time. A lecture transcript and companion PowerPoint presentation are also available on FoSO.

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Astronomy Lecture 3: Planets Everywhere

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Star wobble due to unseen planet.

In this PowerPoint presentation, the third of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand presents methods of detecting other solar systems and planets and their properties in the interest of answering the question: Is our solar system unique, or are there others like it in the Universe? A lecture video and transcript are also available on FoSO.

Astronomy Lecture 2: Lives of the Stars

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Whirlpool galaxy (M51) and companion galaxy.

In this PowerPoint presentation, the second of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand explores the life history of a star, a biography encompassing millions of years, and how astrophysicists are able to trace stellar evolution. A lecture video and transcript are also available on FoSO.

Astronomy Lecture 1: What Is a Star?

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Stellar parallax.

In this PowerPoint presentation, the first of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand sifts through astrophysics jargon to explain the basic physics behind stars—"our signposts for measuring our place in the Universe and its history"—and how they evolve over cosmic time. A lecture video and transcript are also available on FoSO.

Astronomy Unit Matrix

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This "matrix" outlines the content and main ideas in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy. The document maps out the goals, lecture themes, readings, activities, assignments, and discussion topics for each of the weeks or sessions that together make up the unit.