What Are White Dwarfs? - Stellar Remnant Characteristics


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As a white dwarf cools, would you expect it to contract further?

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1. A low-temperature version of a white dwarf is a?

2. Which pairing is correct with respect to the characteristics of a white dwarf?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

White dwarfs are very dense stars that are the dying remnants of older, less dense stars. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the characteristics of white dwarfs. Some things you'll be assessed on include what occurs when a white dwarf cools and how a white dwarf generates nuclear energy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • Effect on white dwarfs as their temperature cools
  • Term for the low-temperature version of white dwarfs
  • Characteristics of a white dwarf
  • Category into which dying stars fall
  • White dwarfs and nuclear energy

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the last stage in the life cycle of most stars
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify key characteristics of white dwarfs
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on white dwarfs and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of star, review the accompanying lesson titled What Are White Dwarfs? - Stellar Remnant Characteristics. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Geology and space
  • How white dwarfs form
  • Characteristics of white dwarfs
  • Black dwarfs