Science & Nature

The Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter, Black Holes, and the Unknown

In this 2-week course, students will learn to think scientifically about the aspects of outer space that we cannot directly detect.
Julia Ruth
82 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 36 learners
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Class

55 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 2 weeks

13-16

year olds

4-10

learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Description

Class Experience

-Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
-Use mathematical and computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system and universe.
-Describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
-Communicate technical information about how some technological devices use the principles of wave behavior and wave interactions with matter to transmit and capture information and energy.
-Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars change over their life cycle
-Use visual models to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
-Synthesize information from a range of learned concepts and theories to make educated predictions of what could happen during theoretical events
-Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
-Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept.
This is an adaptation of a unit I taught for 8th graders for two years at a college preparatory school. The foundation of this unit is based on research I conducted at the University of Maryland in the Physics Department. The course is then enhanced with age-appropriate material designed to be accessible for teenagers and address a wide variety of learning styles. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.

Teacher

Julia RuthFormer Middle School Science Teacher
82 total reviews
63 completed classes

About Me

I am a former research scientist currently working as a traveling circus artist and acrobat. When I first left my job of 6 years as a scientist (I worked in a variety of research labs including ones at NASA and NOAA), I became a middle school... 
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