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-All the mass and energy came into being
-13.7 billion years ago
-thought more as wave or a ripple on nothingness
The total "amplitude of energy of our universe
Why is the total energy of the universe actually zero?
The poitive energy represented by matter is cancelled by the negative potential energy represented by gravity
The current temperature of space
-found that the galaxies were receding from us at a rate that was proportional to their distance.
-the universe is expanding.
1. unknown type of matter hypothesized to account for a large part of the total mass in the universe.
2. Appears to have mass
Total mass of Dark Matter in the universe vs. The Total mass of Ordinary Matter.
-It is estimated that the total mass of dark matter in the universe is currently five times the total mass of ordinary matter.
1. a hypothetical form of energy that exerts an ever increasing negative, repulsive pressure on the universe.
2. Dominant form of energy in atmophere
When did the Sun collapse from a cloud of dust and gas?
4.5 billion years ago
The energy of star formation
1. The lower the density of the cloud, the bigger it needs to be to initate collapse
What does gravitational collapse result in?
1. results in a conversion of gravitational potential energy into kinetic energy of molecules and atoms, or heat
How long will the Sun burn?
1. High mass stars burn brightly for millions of years before they exhaust their nuclear fuel. The sun, which is a relatively low mass star will burn for ~10 billion years
Formation of the Solar System
Our solar system formed from a compositionally mature cloud of dust and gas that included mostly hydrogen and helium, but also heavier elements formed inside long-dead stars.
Earth Interior Structure
1. inner core
: dense, iron-rich
2. outer core
: dense: iron-rich
: less dense
The “falling” of dense material towards the center of the Earth during differentiation did what?
1. released additional gravitational potential energy,
2. resulting in conversion to additional thermal energy
How is heat from the interior of the earth transported to the surface?
1. Thermal convection
-hot fluid rises,spreads and cools, then it sinks,causing hot to rise again
-much more efficient at transporting heat over large distances.
2. Thermal conduction
-heats transfers by vibrational and kinetic energy between adjacent molecules
Earth's atmospheric composition
1. Nitrogen (79%)
2. Oxygen (20%)
3. argon (1%)
Earth's ocean deepness
Percent of Earth covered by water
4.6 billion years ago
First sign of life appeared
3.5 billion years ago
first fish appeared
500 million years ago
first multicelled organisms appeared
650 millions years ago
2 million years ago
oxygen first appeared
3 billion years ago