ISCI 2001

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ISCI 2001
2014-09-01 20:19:15

First exam in 2001
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  1. What are the steps to the scientific method?
    • 1. Problem - make observation
    • 2.Hypothesis - A statement solving the problem or explaining the observation
    • 3. Experiment - test the hypothesis
    • 4. Results - analyze and repeat the test
    • 5. Conclusion - accept or reject hypothesis
  2. Define Hypothesis -
    Possible explanation of a natural event or observation.
  3. Define Theory -
    A well-sustained explanation of some aspect of the natural world (that can incorporate scientific facts, laws, and tested hypothesis.
  4. Define Law -
    A descriptive generalization about how some aspect of the natural world behaves under stated conditions.
  5. Explain why a control group is necessary and what is the difference between it and the experimental group
    identical to the experimental group EXCEPT does not experience the test or treatment.

    Used for comparison.
  6. What is the difference between independent and dependent variables?
    The independent variable is the one being changed or manipulated (on purpose) in an experiment. (input)

    The dependent variable is the observed result from manipulating the independent variable. (output)
  7. Length units and define -
    Meters (m) defined based on speed of light
  8. Mass units and define -
    Kilogram (kg) defined based on a platinum cylinder housed in Paris.
  9. Time units and define -
    Seconds (s) defined based on the vibrations of a Cesium atom (atomic clock); which is incredibly accurate.
  10. Define kilo, centi, milli, micro, nano?
    • kilo - one thousand time base unit (1000 x base)
    • centi - one-hundredth times base unit (.1 x base)
    • milli - one-thousandth times base unit (.001 x base)
    • micro - one-millionth times base unit (.000001 x base)
    • nano - one-billionth time base unit (.000000001 x base)
  11. Define Astronomy -
    Oldest Science (study of the stars, planets, and other objects in outer space)
  12. What is a star? Describe its properties and characteristics.
    Star - ball of burning gas

    • Fusion reactor in space - Nuclear reaction
    • Ball of gas held together by gravity
    • Most abundant elements in the universe
    • Hydrogen H2 - is the major fuel for stars
    • Helium He
  13. Describe the electromagnetic spectrum and which electromagnetic radiation penetrates the Earth's atmosphere?
    • Radio - Earth (Longest wave length with low frequency)
    • Microwave - Earth
    • Infrared - Earth (some)
    • Visible light - Earth
    • Ultra violet
    • X - rays
    • Gamma (shortest wavelength with high frequency)
  14. What is the difference between Refracting and Reflecting telescopes?
    • Refracting - bends light and uses lenses
    • Reflecting - Uses mirrors to reflect and focus light to form an image
  15. Who was the first scientist to use a telescope for Astronomy?
    Galileo - blinded by the sun
  16. What is the largest telescope and where is located?
    Gran Telescopio Canarias - Canary Islands
  17. Describe the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray telescope, the Spitzer Infrared Telescope and the Fermi?
    • Hubble - 1990 2.4m mirror visible and ultra violent light.
    • Chandra - named after scientist, first to understand the final stages in the lives of stars, stop sign from 12 miles away.
    • Spitzer - In order not to take its own picture the telescope must be cooled in bath of liquid helium
    • Fermi - explores black holes and neutron stars
  18. List label of Sun in order from center to outer -
    • Core
    • Radiative zone
    • Convection zone
    • Photosphere
    • Chromosphere
    • Corona
  19. When can the chromosphere and corona be seen?
    During an eclipse.
  20. Which part of the sun do we actually see?
  21. How old is the sun, where is it in its life cycle?
    Age - 4.5 billion years

    Halfway through its life span
  22. What is the distance between the earth and sun in miles and km?
    93 million miles or 150 million km
  23. How long does it take light from the sun to reach the earth?
    8.3 minutes
  24. What is nuclear fusion and where does it occur?
    Nuclear reactions are collision of high energy gamma rays and x-rays. Occurs in the Core
  25. What color of stars and the coolest and the hottest?
    • Coolest - Red
    • Hottest - Blue / White
  26. Define luminosity or brightness -
    Total energy emitted by a star
  27. Define Absolute Brightness -
    Brightness of star if viewed from a standard (the same) distance.
  28. Define Apparent Brightness -
    Brightness of a star as viewed from Earth
  29. Define Light year and how many km and miles make one light year?
    • Distance light travels in one year
    • 10 trillion km / 6.2 trillion miles (1 x 10^12)
  30. How much is a trillion, billion, million?
    • Trillion - 12 zeros
    • Billion - 9 zeros
    • Million - 6 zeros
  31. Know the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram -
  32. Describe Laplace's Nebular Hypothesis -
    • 1. 4.5 billion years ago
    • 2. Nebula (Large cloud of dust & gas - mainly H2 very little He)
    • 3. Began to collapse and spin because of gravity
    • 4. Material collected in the center became hot and dense, forming a protostar
    • 5. The outer material formed the planetismals which became the planets
  33. What are the life spans of stars smaller, about the same mass and larger than the sun?
    • Smaller - glows about 100 billion years
    • Same - Red giant begins collapse to white dwarf
    • Larger - Catastrophic collapse - supernova
  34. What is a nebula?
    clouds of gas and dust (distant cluster of stars)
  35. The Great Debate -
    • Shapley - One large galaxy with spiral nebulae / gas cloud
    • Curtis - made up of many galaxies. Spiral nebulae.
    • Hubble - discovered billions of galaxies
  36. Define cosmology -
    Study of the structure, history and evolution of the universe. (More theory based)
  37. Name and define the 4 types of galaxies?
    • Spiral - 100,000 Light years across 75% brighter.
    • Elliptical - Oval shaped, LargestĀ 
    • Irregular & Dwarf - Fainter & harder to detect (most common)
    • Active Galaxies (quasars) - very bright, black hole center / most distant
  38. What type of galaxy are we a part of and what is its name?
    Spiral - Milky Way
  39. What is the Red Shift? Hubble's conclusion?
    Nearby galaxy emitting colors shifted towards red. (Doppler Effect)

    Galaxies were moving away from Earth. The further away - the faster it was moving.
  40. What is Hubble's Law and equation?
    The farther a galaxy, the faster it recedes.

    Equation - v = Hxd

    T = 1/H age of universe, reciprocal of H -> age of the universe
  41. How old is the universe according to Hubble?
    14 billion years
  42. Where in the Milky Way is the Sun located?
    Orion Arm
  43. How many freezings did the universe experience?
    6 freezings
  44. 10^-10 what happened?
    Particle accelerators - strong, weak, gravity and electromagnetism
  45. What is dark matter and how much of the universe if made up of it?
    25% cannot see
  46. What is Dark energy and how much of the universe is made up of it?
    Pushing the galaxies apart - 70% of mass