UNIT 03 - Stars

EXPECTATIONS: Before we start this unit you should be very comfortable with the he following:

Size & Scale:

Although the sun is the largest object in our solar system, it's only a (slightly below) average-sized star

Stars give off heat, light and energy created through nuclear processes

LEARNING GOALS -- At the conclusion of this part of the unit, I will be able to:

      1. describe the nuclear process of fusion (nucleosynthesis) whereby stars generate heat, light and energy, including a general understanding of the strong force

      2. sketch the life cycle of red dwarf stars, yellow stars, and blue giant stars including:

        • star formation from initial solar nebulas

        • sketch and label the processes a yellow star undergoes as it enters its red giant phase

        • sketch and label the processes a giant star undoes during a supernova

        • compare and contrast black holes, neutron stars & white dwarf stars

      3. define when an object is actually a star (nucleosynthesis occurs) and when it is not a star (black dwarfs, white dwarfs, brown dwarfs)



Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Sheep

and Radar Cannot Find Them

They'll all (face to face)

Meet in parallel Space

Preceding Their Leaders Behind them