The Science of the Solar System

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Learn about the science behind the current exploration of the solar system in this free class. Use principles from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology to understand the latest from Mars, comprehend the outer solar system, ponder planets outside our solar system, and search for habitability in our neighborhood and beyond. This course is generally taught at an advanced level assuming a prior knowledge of undergraduate math and physics, but the majority of the concepts and lectures can be understood without these prerequisites. The quizzes and final exam are designed to make you think critically about the material you have learned rather than to simply make you memorize facts. The class is expected to be challenging but rewarding.
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5 years, 3 months ago
A very interesting course which I am enjoying taking. Well presented by the lecturers. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in the solar system
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5 years, 3 months ago
Mike Brown and his TAs have produced an excellent set of lectures about the solar system. These videos are exceptionally vetted with references to peer reviewed journals. The course continuity and content is amazing. My favorite parts were about the explorations of Mars - current, past, and planned. I will be using this information as a hobby to learn more about Mars. Please take this superb class and expand your knowledge of our solar system and its implications to other star systems.
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5 years, 3 months ago
Excellent course. Mike Brown is a great lecturer. The material is very well done for a first time offering. I am an astronomy buff and frankly didn't expect much from this course. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised. Good solid material, quite in depth with math at the algebra / baby calculus level. Very good discussion forums with a wide variety of people. I've taken about 20 MOOCs and this one ranks at the very top for educational value and sheer enjoyment. I really had no dislikes about this course. I will sign up for any future courses from Mike Brown - he's that engaging.
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5 years, 3 months ago
Before I took this course I didn't know much about how the solar system works and how one can simply apply easy physics to understand the fundamentals of how planets evolve. I learned a lot about Mars, it's past and present (Curiosity rover). In the last part of this course prof Brown talked about the eventuality of life in the solar system / universe; it was the most thrilling aspect of this course, because if we detect signs of activity (out there) it would simply revolutionize our thinking. I strongly recommend everyone to take this course, you will learn a lot; mainly because the prof (Mike Brown) is really good, and also because this topic is fascinating
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5 years, 3 months ago
No prior experience with subject but scientific background. Great course, loads of materials. Significant workload (lectures are longer than average) to get a good understanding of the topic. Fact that course is running in parallel at CalTech brings additional interesting potential. Professor Brown is excellent.
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5 years, 3 months ago
This course is run as a parallel flipped class at Caltech. The Mooc participants get all the video lectures, but not required to do all the 'Caltech' exercises, if you did those, the workload would be > 15hrs. Having said that, the content is quite extensive, about double the video time for a typical Coursera MOOC All you need is a general scientific awareness as opposed to deep knowledge. Some exposure to high school differential maths will help with the parts of the course that delve into orbital dynamics. The course took 4 topics, Mars, Jupiter, Small (non-planetary) bodies and extra terrestrial life. It not only discussed these in some depth, but explained the background science used to make the discoveries. Some of the material was cutting edge, quoting papers published this year. The lecture delivery was excellent, Prof Brown has an enthusiastic style which prompted this quote from a Student in the forums : "taking a class with... This course is run as a parallel flipped class at Caltech. The Mooc participants get all the video lectures, but not required to do all the 'Caltech' exercises, if you did those, the workload would be > 15hrs. Having said that, the content is quite extensive, about double the video time for a typical Coursera MOOC All you need is a general scientific awareness as opposed to deep knowledge. Some exposure to high school differential maths will help with the parts of the course that delve into orbital dynamics. The course took 4 topics, Mars, Jupiter, Small (non-planetary) bodies and extra terrestrial life. It not only discussed these in some depth, but explained the background science used to make the discoveries. Some of the material was cutting edge, quoting papers published this year. The lecture delivery was excellent, Prof Brown has an enthusiastic style which prompted this quote from a Student in the forums : "taking a class with Mike Brown is like taking your very first guitar lessons with Eric Clapton as a teacher"
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