Ch 25: Prentice Hall Earth Science Chapter 25: Beyond Our Solar System

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The Beyond Our Solar System chapter of this Prentice Hall Earth Science Textbook Companion Course helps students learn essential earth science lessons of our solar system. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Beyond Our Solar System textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall Earth Science Beyond Our Solar System chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover our solar system topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Properties of stars
  • Star formation
  • Star life cycle
  • Origins of the Universe
  • Evidence for the Big Bang Theory

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11 Lessons in Chapter 25: Prentice Hall Earth Science Chapter 25: Beyond Our Solar System
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Types of Stars by Size, Color and Life Cycle

1. 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.

Relating a Star's Brightness to Luminosity

2. Relating a Star's Brightness to Luminosity

This lesson will explore how luminosity, apparent brightness, and distance are related to one another using the inverse square law. You'll also learn how luminosity can be gauged based on distance and apparent brightness.

Determining the Temperature of a Star

3. Determining the Temperature of a Star

This lesson will explain to you the concepts of a spectrum, electromagnetic radiation, the temperature of a faraway star and how that relates to something known as a blackbody curve and Wien's law.

Measuring The Distance to a Star

4. Measuring The Distance to a Star

This lesson will tell you how astronomers can measure the distance to a star and how it relates to the way surveyors measure distances to landmarks right here on Earth.

Star Formation: Main Sequence, Dwarf & Giant Stars

5. 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.

Nuclear Fusion & Star Formation

6. Nuclear Fusion & Star Formation

This lesson will explain how the processes of stellar formation leads to nuclear fusion. We'll also define nuclear fusion and hydrostatic equilibrium, and find out why temperature is so important to all of this.

Supernova and Supergiant Star Life Cycle

7. 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

8. 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.

Life Cycle of Black Holes

9. Life Cycle of Black Holes

Learn about black holes, their myths and their reality. Learn how black holes form after stars undergo supernovae and create singularities. Discover how big black holes grow, how scientists find black holes and where black holes are located in the universe.

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

10. 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

11. 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.

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