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Ch 22: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Universe Origins & Evolution

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Revisit the inner and outer reaches of space using the Universe Origins & Evolution chapter of our MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) test prep course. Its lessons provide a valuable resource for those studying for the MTTC Integrated Science exam.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Universe Origins & Evolution - Chapter Summary

From Earth's place in the Solar System to our place in the universe, this review of astronomy is designed to help you prepare for the questions you will encounter in the corresponding section of the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam. The following information is presented in the lessons:

  • Overview of planets, stars and galaxies: the Solar System and beyond
  • Big Bang and related theories
  • Types of galaxies: the Milky Way
  • How the Solar System formed
  • Stars and nebulae
  • Life and death of stars: supernova

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MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Universe Origins & Evolution Objectives

The purpose of the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam is to evaluate the subject matter expertise of candidates seeking a teaching endorsement in science or a teaching certificate. The test is divided into four primary domains, each of which includes a specific list of competencies. The lessons in our Universe Origins & Evolution chapter fall under Earth/Space science. This domain comprises 25% of the overall test score.

There are 100 multiple-choice questions on the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam. The test is offered in both computer-based and paper-based formats.

10 Lessons in Chapter 22: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Universe Origins & Evolution
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Solar System, Galaxy, & Universe: Definitions & Difference

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.

Origins of the Universe: The Big Bang and Expanding & Contracting Universes

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.

Evidence for the Big Bang Theory: Background Radiation, Red-Shift and Expansion

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.

Galaxy Formation: Spiral, Elliptical & Irregular Galaxies

4. Galaxy Formation: Spiral, Elliptical & Irregular Galaxies

This lesson explains how galaxies form, starting with the Big Bang. You'll also learn about the solar nebula hypothesis and three galaxy types, including spiral, elliptical, and irregular galaxies.

The Formation of the Milky Way Galaxy

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.

The Solar Nebula Theory: Formation of the Solar System

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.

Star Formation: Main Sequence, Dwarf & Giant Stars

7. Star Formation: Main Sequence, Dwarf & Giant Stars

Learn how stars are born, beginning with a protostar. Then learn about stars in later stages of life, including main sequence stars, brown dwarfs, red giants, and black holes.

Types of Stars by Size, Color and Life Cycle

8. Types of Stars by Size, Color and Life Cycle

Learn to identify the different sizes and colors of stars and how they relate to the star life cycle. In this lesson, we'll talk about spectral classification, how many stars there are of each type and the approximate color of the different classes of stars.

Supernova and Supergiant Star Life Cycle

9. Supernova and Supergiant Star Life Cycle

Learn about one of the biggest explosions known to humankind - a supernova. Follow a star's life cycle and learn how a star changes from a red giant to a supernova to a black hole or neutron star.

Life Cycle of Neutron Stars

10. Life Cycle of Neutron Stars

Discover the life of a neutron star, including how it's born after a supernova explosion and how its extreme pressure causes protons and electrons to combine into neutrons. Discover also how pulsars are rotating neutron stars that will eventually slow down to become regular neutron stars.

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