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Michigan Merit Exam: Formation of the Universe - Chapter Summary
The story of everything, both near and far, is the subject of this chapter. From the formation and movement of the solar system to the Big Bang, the following topics are covered here:
- Definitions and differences: solar system, galaxy, and universe
- The Big Bang
- Evidence for The Big Bang
- Calculating the age of the universe
- Formation of the Milky Way
- Formation of the solar system
- Patterns of planetary motion
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Michigan Merit Exam: Formation of the Universe - Chapter Objectives
The Michigan Merit Exam is administered by the Michigan Department of Education. It is an umbrella term for several tests given every spring to 11th-grade students in Michigan to measure their academic progress against state standards. This chapter is relevant to one of these tests, the computer-based M-Step science test. The M-Step science session is estimated to last 50 minutes but they will give you as much time as needed.
1. Solar System, Galaxy, & Universe: Definitions & Difference
Want to learn what the universe, galaxy, and solar system are as well as some cool facts about each one? This lesson will give you an overview of what these three things are in a relatable fashion.
2. Origins of the Universe: The Big Bang and Expanding & Contracting Universes
Students will learn the origins of the universe, the Big Bang theory, the timeline of the universe, how the universe is still expanding to this day, and what astronomers expect the universe to look like in the future.
3. Evidence for the Big Bang Theory: Background Radiation, Red-Shift and Expansion
Discover what evidence exists to support the Big Bang theory of the birth of the universe. Learn how cosmic background radiation, the red shift of light and the ongoing expansion of the universe led scientists to believe that the universe was started with the Big Bang.
4. How To Calculate the Age of the Universe
This lesson will explain to you how old our universe is and how we calculate it thanks to the Hubble law and Hubble constant as well as one other simple equation.
5. The Formation of the Milky Way Galaxy
This lesson will explore two hypotheses as to how the Milky Way galaxy formed. These are the top-down and bottom-up hypotheses. We'll also go into what special connection you personally have to all of this.
6. The Solar Nebula Theory: Formation of the Solar System
This lesson will go over the theory that explains how the solar system formed, what theory had once competed with it, and what important implication this theory carries.
7. Solar Nebula Theory & Patterns of Planetary Motion
This lesson will tie together the solar nebula theory and the patterns of motions of the planets in our solar system and why Venus and Uranus are exceptions in the solar system.
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