What Are Supermassive Black Holes?


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Supermassive black holes likely:

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1. Overall, you'd expect a galaxy with a _____ to have a _____ supermassive black hole:

2. Matter that eventually falls into a black hole swirls around in a(n) _____ before falling in:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of supermassive black holes. Quiz topics include aspects of supermassive black hole formation and what happens to matter falling into a black hole.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Types of galaxies that would have a supermassive black hole
  • Why matter falling into a black hole heats up
  • Characteristics of supermassive black holes

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding supermassive black holes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the properties of supermassive black holes and their relation to the formation of galaxies
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on how black holes affect matter and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about supermassive black holes and their relation to galaxies, review the accompanying lesson, What Are Supermassive Black Holes? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define X-rays and accretion disk
  • Identify how supermassive black holes form
  • Process an automotive analogy to understand the concept of supermassive black holes