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Week 2 – Opinion Poll
I am taking this class because:
A. This was the only class that fit my insanely busy schedule
B. I adore astronomy and feel like I have to learn more about the
C. The TA’s in this class really rock!
D. Planets are my passion
E. I need this class to satisfy my Q requirement
Week 3 – Practice Quiz A
Which one of the following is FALSE:
A. There are eight planets in our Solar System
B. The expansion of the Universe is accelerating because of the
“anti-gravity”-like effect of an entity known as Dark Matter
C. Most of the matter in the Universe is non-luminous and is
referred to as Dark Matter
D. The nearest star to the Sun is about 4 light years away
E. For many stars in our galaxy, astronomers have measured the
“wobble” induced by the gravity of the orbiting planet
Week 3 – Practice Quiz B
Which one of the following is TRUE:
When galaxies collide, it is very common for stars to smash into
each other
Primordial density fluctuations grow under the influence of the
electromagnetic force
Small galaxies are created by the breaking up of larger galaxies
The furthest galaxies we can see from Earth are 100 billion light
years away
The afterglow from the Big Bang is visible using modern radio
and sub-millimeter telescopes
Week 2 – Practice Quiz C
Which one of the following is TRUE:
The Sun and Solar System lie about 1,000 light years from the
center of the Milky Way galaxy
The carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen present in the Sun and Earth
were synthesized in nuclear fusion reactions in the Sun’s core
Mature galaxies tend to look more straggly than infant galaxies
The subtle ripples in the density of the early Universe from
which galaxies formed are visible in the Big Bang’s afterglow