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THE COSMIC ENGINE


What is this topic about?
To keep it as simple as possible, (K.I.S.S.) this topic involves the study of: 1. THE HISTORY OF OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNIVERSE 2. HOW THE UNIVERSE BEGAN (THE "BIG BANG" THEORY) 3. LIFE-CYCLES OF THE STARS 4. ENERGY FROM THE SUN, & ITS EFFECTS ON US

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The Structure of the Universe
The EARTH is a PLANET. The Earth and 7 other planets (plus dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, comets, etc) are in orbit around the Sun. The SUN and all these things in orbit around it, make up our "SOLAR SYSTEM". Everything stays in orbit around the Sun because of gravity. The SUN is a STAR. Energy is being produced inside it, due to NUCLEAR REACTIONS. The Sun is one of over 100 billion stars that make up our GALAXY. Each star in the night sky is another "Sun" within our galaxy, the "MILKY WAY". Our Sun and the other stars of the Milky Way are orbiting around the galaxys centre because of gravity. Beyond our galaxy are billions of other galaxies. The distances involved are immense and unimaginable! We have good reason to believe that the entire Universe is EXPANDING, with the space between galaxies increasing.

Mercury Earth & Moon Sun

Jupiter

Venus
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OTHER GALAXIES
Saturn

Mars

THE SOLAR SYSTEM

THE MILKY WAY GALAXY

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CONCEPT DIAGRAM (Mind Map) OF TOPIC


Some students find that memorizing the OUTLINE of a topic helps them learn and remember the concepts and important facts. As you proceed through the topic, come back to this page regularly to see how each bit fits the whole. At the end of the notes you will find a blank version of this Mind Map to practise on.
Aristotle Aristarchus Ptolemy Copernicus Brahe Kepler Galileo Newton Historical Summary Big Bang Theory Evidence of the Red-S Shift Einsteins E=mc2 Cosmic Background Radiation How Matter was Formed

Geocentric & Heliocentric Models

Discovery: Friedmann Hubble

Formation of Stars & Galaxies

History of our Understanding of the Universe

How the Universe Began

The COSMIC ENGINE

Temperature & Colour of Stars Brightness & Distance Inverse Square Law

Energy from the Sun

Life Cycles of the Stars

Radiation from the Sun

Radioactivity
Alpha

Hertzsprung-R Russell Diagram

Energy Sources in Stars

Impacts & Effects

Properties of Radiation Gamma

Beta

Stages in a Stars Life

Supernovas, Pulsars & Black Holes

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1. THE HISTORY OF OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNIVERSE


Different Models of the Universe
First, be aware that our understanding of galaxies and the true extent of the Universe was only discovered within the last 100 years. Prior to that, any theory or model of the Universe really only dealt with our Solar System. The stars were thought to be outside the Solar System, but relatively close to it. Over the centuries there have been TWO main models of the Universe competing for acceptance. Geocentric Models incorrectly place the EARTH at the centre ("Geos" = Earth, centric = at the centre)
Planets Fixed Stars

Historical Summary
up until about 1700 AD

Aristotle
Thought that:

~330 BC

Geocentric Theory

The Sun, Moon, planets & stars are carried on invisible crystal spheres rotating around the Earth. This basic concept was believed for about 2,000 years.

Aristarchus
Thought that:

~240BC

Heliocentric Theory

Sun

The Sun is in the centre with everything orbiting around it. The Earth must rotate on its axis, so it appears that everything moves around us.
Earth
Moon

This idea was not accepted because "parallax" could not be detected at this time.

Geocentric models easily explain why the Sun, Moon, planets and stars all appear to move across the sky. Common sense suggests that everything revolves around the Earth once per day. Also, we cannot feel that the Earth is spinning, so this model makes common sense, even though it is wrong!

See Further Explanations at the end of this section

Claudius Ptolemy ~120AD

Geocentric Model with "epicycles"

Heliocentric Models correctly place the Sun at the centre of the Solar System. ("Helios" = Sun)
Moon

Based on the best (naked eye) measurements of the time, Ptolemy developed a model which could predict the motion of planets & the times of eclipses. Although we now know it was wrong, it was a practical, working model used for 1,400 years. The "epicycles" were needed to explain the "retrograde" motion of the planets.

Earth

Fixed Stars Planets

Sun

See Further Explanations at the end of this section Ptolemys model was accepted for such a long time that it became part of the belief system of the Middle Ages, and was even adopted as the official religious explanation of the Universe. So, when new ideas and new discoveries emerged around 1500 AD, they were seen as dangerous and heretical, and were punishable by torture and death.

Heliocentric models require that the Earth rotates on its axis so that everything in the sky appears to go around us. However, we can't feel that the Earth is spinning, so this idea is harder to accept on the basis of common sense, even though it is correct. Only the Moon truly orbits the Earth.

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Nicholas Copernicus

1473 - 1543 AD Heliocentric Theory

Galileo Galilei

As measurements improved, Ptolemy's model needed more & more adjustments and epicycles to stay accurate in its description of the heavens. It got so complicated that Copernicus decided there must be a simpler explanation. He decided that perhaps Aristarchus had been correct after all, and the Sun was in the centre. Copericuss new model still relied on crystal spheres to carry planets and stars in circular orbits, but it was Heliocentric... Sun centred. The accuracy of predicted motions remained much the same as Ptolemys, but this model was much simpler in its explanations. This model was NOT immediately accepted at the time.

1564-1642 Telescope Observations Galileo was the first to use a TELESCOPE to view the heavens. His observations conflicted with the model of Ptolemy, and supported the Heliocentric idea of Copernicus. He observed that the planet Jupiter has moons orbiting around it. (Only the Earth was supposed to have things go around it!) He saw that the planet Venus showed phases like the Moon. (This was only explainable if Venus orbited the Sun, not Earth!)

Sir Isaac Newton

1642-1727 Mathematical Theory of Gravity Newtons Theory of Universal Gravitation provided the explanation for things to be in orbit, and did away with the clumsy crystal spheres of previous models.

Tycho Brahe

1546-1601 Accurate Observations

Tycho used the most advanced observatory of that time to gather outstandingly accurate data (accurate for naked eye measurement) of planetary movements. He favoured the geocentric model and hoped his observations would prove Copernicus wrong. He jealously guarded his data from others, but when he died it went to his student Kepler.

From his equation for Gravity, Newton could prove Kepler's Laws mathematically... this proved that the Heliocentric Model was correct. Since the time of Newton, the Heliocentric model has been accepted as the scientifically correct description of the Universe, but it took another 200 years to discover the full story of stars, galaxies and distances.

The Significance of Telescopes in Astronomy


All of the models, until the time of Galileo, were limited by the lack of the TELESCOPE. Without telescopes, all measurements and observations were made by naked-eye, and were of limited accuracy. If telescopes had been available earlier, then PARALLAX might have been observed in nearby stars, and greater accuracy would have been possible in measuring planetary positions and movements. This would have led to rejection of the clumsy and complicated "epicycles" of Ptolemy and perhaps the correct Heliocentric model would have been accepted earlier. 4 www.keepitsimplescience.com.au

Johannes Kepler

1571-1630

Heliocentric Model, with elliptical orbits Kepler tried to fit Brahe's extremely accurate data to the Copernicus model. Finally, he found it only fitted if the orbits were ellipses, not circles. Eventually he proposed 3 "Laws of Planetary Motion" , but could give no explanation of how or why the Earth and planets could orbit around the Sun. The Heliocentric idea was still NOT accepted widely.
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Further Explanations The following may help your understanding. It is NOT a syllabus requirement to learn it. Parallax Parallax is the apparent movement of an object against a more distant background, when viewed from a different angle. A Simple Example of Parallax:
Hold up one finger and view it with one eye against a distant tree or post. Hold the finger still while switching to view it with your other eye. Your finger appears to move relative to the distant "landmark". This apparent movement is called "PARALLAX"

Retrograde Motion & Epicycles Epicycles were a device invented by Ptolemy to explain the "retrograde" motion of the planets. Firstly you must know that, while the stars always appear in exactly the same relative positions every night, the planets do not. ("Planet" means "wanderer" in Greek.) If you observe a planet night after night, it seems to move slowly eastward compared to the background of stars. However, sometimes the planet moves westward for a while. This was called "retrograde" (backwards) motion.
Normal planetary wanderings

Fixed Stars

Retrograde motion

Opponents of any Heliocentric model throughout history could argue (correctly) that if Earth was orbiting the Sun, then the stars should show some parallax movements relative to other stars, when viewed from one part of our orbit compared to another.
Earth
line of observ

To explain it, Ptolemy proposed that the planets were carried on smaller crystal spheres (the epicycles) which rotated on the rim of the main spheres ("deferents") surrounding the Earth.

ation

Planet Star being observed More distant stars

Sun

Planet

Epicycle

Earth
The planet is carried on a smaller sphere, the epicycle, which rotates on the deferent.

Deferent

Earth, 6 months later

The position of the star should change against the background stars. Parallax!

Each planets main orbit is a rotating glass sphere, called the deferent. It revolves around the Earth.

This parallax motion could not be detected by naked eye observations, even with the most accurate instruments invented right up until the 17th century, so heliocentric theories tended to be rejected. In fact, nearby stars DO show parallax movement, but you need a telescope to detect it, because even the nearest stars are billions of kilometres away.

This "wheels-on-wheels" idea was able to explain retrograde motion adequately, if rather clumsily. The real explanation for retrograde motion is that we view the moving planets from a moving Earth. At certain parts of our orbit, we "overtake" other planets and so they appear to move "backwards" for a while. Retrograde motion is easily explained by a Heliocentric model, with the Earth and other planets all orbiting the Sun.

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Worksheet 1 Fill in the Blanks. Check your answers at the back. A a)................................................. model of the Universe places the Earth at the centre, with everything revolving around us. The other main model is called b)......................................................, which places the c)................................... at the centre. Aristotle proposed a d).............................................. model. This basic concept was accepted for almost e)............................ years. f).................................................. was the first person to propose a g)............................................ model. His idea was not accepted because parallax could not be observed in the stars, which were thought to be quite close to the Earth. Claudius h)........................................ developed a mathematically accurate model which could predict i)......................................... and the motions of the planets. His model was j)....................................... and imagined all the heavenly bodies to be carried around the k)............................................ by crystal spheres. He had to add smaller spheres, called l)............................................, in order to explain the m)........................................................ motion of the planets. This model was accurate (for the time) and so was accepted for about 1400 years. Nicholas n)................................................ was the first in (relatively) modern times to propose a o)................................................ model. Tycho Brahes contribution was the gathering of p)................................................................................... He hoped it would prove Copernicus to be q)................................... Brahes student r)....................................................... got access to the data after Brahe died, and used it to develop a Heliocentric model in which the planetary orbits were s)....................................... instead of circles. Galileo was the first to make observations with a t).................................. He saw that the planet Jupiter has u)................................................... ................................................... and that Venus went through v)........................................ like the Moon. These observations conflicted with the w)....................................................... model, and supported the x)....................................................... model. It was Sir y)............................................................. who finally proved that the z)...................................................... model is correct. His mathematical theory of aa)........................................... explained how things could be in ab)............................. without needing crystal spheres. More importantly, he could prove mathematically that ac)............................................s Laws of Planetary Motion were in agreement with gravity. All the models developed before the time of Galileo were limited by the available technology. Without ad)...................................., all observations were by ae)................................................... and of limited af).................................................... For example, it is impossible to measure any ag)............................................ even in nearby stars, without a telescope. Since ag)................................... could not be observed, it was logical to accept the ah).......................................................... models of Aristotle and Ptolemy.

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2. HOW THE UNIVERSE BEGAN


Outline of the Big Bang Theory
The universe began approx. 13-15 billion years ago. At the beginning, all the space, matter and energy of the universe was concentrated in a "primeval atom" or "singularity". i.e. in one tiny point of incredible density and temperature. This exploded outwards in all directions, becoming cooler and less dense as it expanded very rapidly.

Discovery of the Expanding Universe


In 1922, the Russian Alexander Friedmann predicted that the universe was expanding. His prediction arose from working on the equations of Einstein's "General Theory of Relativity". This was a brave prediction at the time, since other galaxies beyond ours had not been discovered, and there was no known evidence of expansion. During the 1920's new, bigger telescopes led to the discovery of other distant galaxies. The American, Edwin Hubble, analysed the spectral lines from distant galaxies and discovered the "cosmological red-shift".

Note: You must NOT think of this as if the matter exploded outwards into the space surrounding it. The explosion and expansion was of space itself. Before the explosion there was no space or time.

What is the "RED-SHIFT"?


The "Red-Shift" is when the lines in a galaxy's light spectrum have stretched to longer wavelengths (i.e. nearer to the red end of the visible light spectrum). This is due to the Doppler Effect: The waves emitted by a stationary object spread out evenly in all directions, with the same wavelength.

This expansion is still occurring today. Galaxies are moving further apart as the space between them expands. Within a galaxy, gravity attracts matter and holds stars and planets together in their orbits around each other, so there is no apparent expansion noticeable in the "local" area of space. This theory seems strange and unbelievable when described in simple outline, so why is it accepted as being correct? Simple! ...because the theory explains many observed facts about the universe:-

Waves spreading out evenly from a stationary object

Facts that the Big Bang Explains


We believe that the Universe is expanding. The main evidence is the "Red-Shift" of the spectral lines of distant galaxies. Expansion is due to the original explosion. Explanation of the Red Shift The "Cosmic Background Radiation". It was discovered in 1965 that the entire Universe seems to be filled with microwave radiation coming from every direction. This is explained as being the "afterglow" of radiation from soon after the Big Bang explosion. The observed chemical composition of the universe (almost entirely Hydrogen and Helium) agrees with theoretical predictions of what should have happened during the first seconds of the Big Bang.

However, when the object is moving, the waves in front get bunched up and their wavelength is shortened. The waves behind get stretched and the wavelength is lengthened.
Light Waves Spreading Out From a Moving Galaxy

Behind, wavelength lengthened Light redder

In Front, wavelength shortened Light Bluer

The Red-Shift in the light from distant galaxies seems to be caused by them moving away from us as the universe expands. The wavelength of light gets longer (redder). If they were approaching, we would see a blue shift in the light. 7

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How the Matter of the Universe was Formed


In 1915, Albert Einstein had deduced his famous equation

Formation of Stars and Galaxies


As the early universe (now made up of large amounts of atoms) continued to expand, it also cooled further. At this time the entire universe may be pictured as a single, hot cloud of gas, still expanding as space itself grows. Expansion of a gas causes it to cool, so the temperature of the fireball must have fallen as the cloud expanded. Since temperature is really a measure of the Kinetic Energy (i.e. speed) of the particles, it follows that the KE of the atoms must have dropped too. Eventually, the particles became cool enough (and slow enough) for Overall expansion continues gravity to have an but clumps of matter effect. collapse due to gravity If the so galaxies form atoms in the cloud had been perfectly evenly distributed, then gravitational attractions would have been equal in every direction and cancelled out. However, it seems that random fluctuations within the cloud had caused a degree of "lumpiness". Note: we know this is true because the Cosmic Background Radiation (the afterglow of the Big Bang fireball) shows distinct patterns of unequal distribution. Gravity was able to attract the matter within each "lump" of gas and cause it to collapse in on itself. Eventually, each separate "lump" of matter became a galaxy. Further "accretion" of "lumps" within each galaxy led to the formation of stars. Later, the debris of exploded stars, containing heavier elements, accreted to form solar systems like ours.

E=mc

E = energy, m = mass c = the speed of light = 3x108 ms-1

The equation predicts that matter and energy are equivalent and inter-changeable. Because the c term in the equation is a very large number, it follows that a very small amount of matter is equivalent to a large amount of energy For example, during a nuclear explosion a small amount of matter "disappears". It has been converted into the energy of the explosion. In the Sun, as in all stars, energy is constantly being released from the conversion of matter to energy. The reverse happened during the Big Bang. Originally there was only energy. The matter and mass of the universe was formed from this energy, according to Einstein's equation. Obviously it must have taken large amounts of energy to form each tiny particle of matter. In the first split second of the Big Bang explosion, all the "substance" of the universe was radiation energy. It was too hot for matter to form, or rather, any matter that formed was instantly torn apart again. As the fireball expanded, however, it cooled rapidly until particles of matter (protons, electrons & neutrons) were "condensed" from the energy according to E=mc. After further cooling, some protons & neutrons were able to combine into simple atomic nuclei.

H The atoms formed were nearly all hydrogen, with a small amount of helium and a trace of lithium

He

Li

Roughly 13 billion years later, here we are on a planet, in a solar system, orbiting a star. our star is one of billions, orbiting around our galaxy. our galaxy is one of billions, all flying apart from each other as space itself continues to expand. 8

After approximately 300,000 years it became cool enough for electrons to combine with nuclei to form atoms of (mainly) hydrogen and helium, with a trace of lithium.

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Worksheet 2 Fill in the blank spaces The accepted theory for the origin of the Universe is the a)......................................................... Theory. According to this theory: The universe began about b).................................. years ago. At the beginning, all the c)................................... and ........................ was concentrated in a single point, or d)............................................. This e).................................... outwards, eventually forming the universe we see today, which is still f).................................................. The Big Bang Theory is accepted because it explains: the g)............................................... of light from distant galaxies the h)......................................................................... radiation the observed i)................................... composition of the universe, which is about 99% j).......................................... and ............................ atoms. The idea of an expanding universe was first proposed by Alexander k)......................................... in 1922. This was based on his analysis of the equations of Einsteins General Theory of l)........................................... It was Edwin m)............................ who actually discovered evidence of expansion. He analysed the n).................................. lines of light from distant galaxies and found they were o)................................................................................... This p).....................-Shift is thought to be due to the q)................................................. Effect... the phenomenon in which the r).......................................... of waves being emitted by a s)................................... object get bunchedup in front of the object, and t)............................................. behind. If a galaxy is moving fast enough, its light emitted in front of it will appear to be u)....................................... than normal, while light behind it will appear v)...........................................
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Einsteins famous equation, E= w).......................... predicts that x)............................... and ....................................... are equivalent and interchangeable. For example, in a nuclear reaction a small amount of y)............................... will disappear because it has been converted into a large amount of z).......................................... In the early stages of the Big Bang, we believe the opposite occurred. Initially, the entire universe was composed of aa).............................................. As the fire-ball expanded and cooled, some of the aa)................................. converted into ab)........................................, in the form of the sub-atomic particles ac)..................................., .................................... and .......................................... After futher expansion and cooling some of these particles were able to combine to form ad)...................................... of the elements ae)............................... and ..................................., with a trace of af)................................. As the universe continued to expand, it also ag)..............................., which means that the atoms lost some of their ah).......................... energy. Eventually, they lost enough K.E. for the force of ai).......................................... to cause local concentrations of matter to clump together. Each clump was caused to collapse in on itself, eventually forming aj)................................ and ......................................... So, although the universe as a whole is ak)........................................., at the local level al)............................................ is able to hold matter together in galaxies containing stars and solar systems.

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3. LIFE-CYCLES OF THE STARS


Relationship Between Temperature & Dominant Wavelength of Radiation from a Hot Object
To understand the life of a star, you first need to know some basics about the radiation of energy (e.g. light) from a hot object such as a star. Any hot object will radiate energy (typically infra-red heat and light) from its surface. The hotter it gets, the more energy will be radiated. This energy will be radiated at a variety of wavelengths, but for any given temperature there is a particular "peak" wavelength that dominates the emitted energy. The graph shows the relationship.

Temperature and Colour of Stars


With light waves, wavelength (and frequency) determines colour. Shorter wavelengths are toward the BLUE end of the spectrum. Longer wavelengths are towards the RED end of the spectrum.

For stars, this means there is a relationship between their TEMPERATURE and their COLOUR.
Relatively cool stars (surface temp 3,000C or less) emit radiation which peaks at longer wavelengths in the infrared and red light part of the spectrum. COOL STARS ARE RED

Amount of Energy Radiated

peak wavelength shorter

very hot object

Hotter stars (our Sun's surface temp is about 6,000C) also emit a lot of infra-red and the whole range of visible light, but the peak is yellow light rather than red. (shorter wavelength) Very hot stars (30,000C and more) have a peak emission at the shorter wavelengths of blue light. HOT STARS ARE BLUE Some bright stars can be seen to be reddish or blue-ish to the naked eye, but generally the "peak" colour of a star can only be determined by using a Spectroscope to analyse the wavelengths of light gathered via a telescope. The spectrum of light from a star gives us a lot of information, but the "peak" wavelength (i.e. the dominant colour) tells astronomers the star's surface temperature. This turns out to be vitally connected to the star's life and ultimate death.
white light is a mixture of wavelengths different wavelengths spread out to form a spectrum Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Violet

peak wavelength

hot object

warm object peak wavelength longer

shorter Wavelength of Radiation

longer

At (relatively) low temperature, there is less energy being emitted, and the peak wavelength is longer. At higher temperatures, there is more energy emitted and the peak wavelength gets shorter. Measuring the peak wavelength of the spectrum of light from a star allows astronomers to determine the stars surface temperature. There are also fine dark lines present in the spectrum which reveal the chemical composition of the star. Basically, everything we know about stars comes from studying the radiation they emit!
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You are familiar with the way that a prism can break white light up into the colours of the rainbow by refracting each wavelength so that they separate.

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Brightness and Distance: the Inverse Square Law


Definitions: "Luminosity"= amount of light energy being emitted from a glowing object such as a star. "Brightness" or Intensity= amount of light being received when you look at it from a distance.

One way to understand this is explained in the diagram.


Light spreading out from a star

a dist

nce

2d

Obviously, how bright a star appears depends on how luminous it is, AND how far away it is. Example: a really luminous star (i.e. emitting a lot of light) could look quite dull (low brightness) if viewed from a huge distance. A less luminous star could appear very bright if viewed from close up. Mathematically, the relationship is that the apparent brightness or intensity (I) is inversely proportional to the SQUARE of the distance (d) from which it is viewed.

x
dista nce d

Square Area x2

Square with sides twice as long. 2x Area = 4x2 Same amount of light falls on 4 times the area

Luminous Star

If you start with the mathematical relationship:

I.d2 = constant,

this means that no matter how far you are from a star the product (brightness x distance squared) has the same value. Therefore, at position A, and at position B,

IAdA2 = k IBdB2 = k IAdA2 = IBdB2

I 1 d2

or

I.d2 = constant

therefore,

The symbol means proportional to This relationship was previously studied in an earlier topic (Revise Topic 1 The World Communicates) TRY THE WORKSHEET at the end of this section.

The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram


Now we put together the Colour-Temperature relationship, and the Brightness-Distance relationship:
Luminosity increasing
-10

hot, bright, blue stars

(Absolute Magnitudes) +10 +5 0

The Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram is a graphical plot of the Luminosity of stars against Temperature. It is named after the 2 astronomers who independently discovered the relationship. To calculate a star's luminosity, astronomers must measure the apparent brightness as seen from Earth, and measure (or estimate) the star's distance from us. The luminosity can then be calculated using IAdA2 = IBdB2 Luminosity is often expressed on a numerical scale of "magnitudes" as shown on the graph. Our Sun has a magnitude of +3 on this scale.

Hertzsprung and Russel found that when they graphed luminosity against surface temperature like this, the vast majority of stars plotted in this shaded zone.

-5

This zone is now called the MAIN SEQUENCE

our Sun
cool, dull, red stars

+15

Spectral Classes Colours Temp. (oC)

O
Blue 30,000+

A
White 10,000

G
Yellow 5,000

M
Red 2,500

Note: Temp scale decreases to the right

To an astronomer, the Sun is a pretty average Main Sequence star, classified G3 on the H-R diagram.
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The temperature scale is often described by "spectral class". This uses letters to classify stars according to the peak wavelength, and colour, being emitted. For example, our star (the Sun) is classified as spectral class "G". This translates to a peak wavelength of yellow light and a surface temperature about 5,700C. 11 www.keepitsimplescience.com.au

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Red Giants

Stages in the Life of a Star


Not all stars fit into the "main sequence", however. Some stars have luminosity-temperature combinations that place them elsewhere on the H-R grid.

Luminosity

"Red Giants" are very large (and therefore luminosity is quite high) but relatively cool (therefore red in colour). "White Dwarfs" are very small (therefore luminosity is low) but relatively hot. Astronomers have figured out that stars go through a series of changes during their life. Most stars spend most of their life on the Main Sequence, but later they will rapidly change to become Red Giants, and end their life as a White Dwarf. The H-R diagram shows what our Sun is likely to do in the future, while below is a rough guide to the relative sizes of these star types.

M a in

Seq

uen c

Wh ite Dw arfs
30,000 blue

SUN

10,000 6,000 green yellow TEMPERATURE (oC) & COLOUR

3,000 red

So, what causes a star to change from one type to another during its life? To answer that, you must understand where the energy of a star comes from, and that different types of star (at different phases of their life) are powered by different energy sources.

The SUN as it is now this dot shows the size of a White Dwarf

The edge of a RED GIANT

Nuclear Fusion
If small atomic nuclei are slammed together hard enough, they may join together ("fusion") to form one larger nucleus. When this occurs, the final nucleus is found to have slightly less mass than the original, separate nuclei a little bit of mass has "gone missing". E = mc is at work. The missing mass has converted into energy. This is the process that powers a star.

Energy Sources in a Main Sequence Star


When a star forms from the gravitational collapse of a cloud of gas (mostly hydrogen), the pressure and temperature in the core become high enough to slam hydrogen nuclei together so that they undergo fusion. Through a sequence of fusion reactions and other nuclear processes, 4 hydrogen nuclei (each is really just a proton) fuse to form one helium nucleus. This sequence of reactions is called the Proton-Proton Chain, and is what produces the energy in a Main Sequence star like our Sun. To keep it simple... (K.I.S.S.)...
fusion Emission of particles & energy

START WITH 4 Hydrogen nuclei (protons) Emission of particles & energy Energy

+
Reaction 1

+n
heavy hydrogen (deuterium) nuclei

+ n

+n
Energy

2 more protons

+ n

+ +
Reaction 3

Reaction 2

n + +

Helium-3 nuclei

4 Hydrogen 4 1H1

Helium + Energy 4He + energy 2


12

2 protons re-released

+ +

+ n
Energy

FINAL PRODUCT = Helium-4 4 nucleus

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Core Temperature and Star Size


A main sequence star like the Sun can "burn" steadily for billions of years. In the core of the Sun the temperature is thought to be around 15 million C. It would explode outwards like a huge atomic bomb except that enormous gravitational forces hold it together. The size of any star is determined by the balance between gravity and the energy released by fusion.

Energy Source in a White Dwarf


The Red Giant burns helium for a billion years or so, but gradually the fuel runs out and fusion stops. As its energy radiates away and the core cools, gravity now collapses the outer layers of the star and it shrinks rapidly down to the size of a planet. Its density becomes immense (around 1,000kg per cm) and the atoms themselves are compressed by gravity into "degenerate matter". Because it is small, its luminosity is very low. Residual heat causes the surface temperature to reach about 10,000C so the peak wavelength is green, but it radiates the whole range of visible wavelengths so that the star appears white: it is a WHITE DWARF. Over billions of years, the star cools and eventually dies as a "brown dwarf". In its death it moves down to the right and completely off the H-R diagram. It also becomes virtually invisible and undetectable to Earth-bound astronomers.
Typical Life of a Main Sequence Star
Red Giants

Energy Source in a Red Giant Star


Main Sequence stars "burn" hydrogen to helium for billions of years. For example, the Sun is about 5 billion years old, and we think it will last another 5 billion years or so. Meanwhile, in the core, the amount of hydrogen steadily decreases and the amount of helium increases. When the helium concentration reaches a certain critical level, the amount of energy being produced in the core decreases rapidly. Without the outward push of fusion energy, gravity takes over and the core collapses inwards under its own weight. This generates immense heat (by conversion of gravitation potential energy) which causes the outer layers above the core to expand outwards. the star may grow to thousands of times its original diameter. When this happens in about 5 billion years, the Sun will swell outwards beyond the Earth's current orbit, destroying the inner planets as it goes. Meanwhile, down in the helium-rich core, the temperature keeps increasing until it is hot enough for helium to begin fusing. Three helium nuclei, if slammed together hard enough, will fuse to form carbon and release even more energy.
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10,000 6,000 green yellow TEMPERATURE (oC) & COLOUR

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Summary: Energy Sources in Stars


Main Sequence: Proton-proton fusion reactions. 4 Hydrogen Helium + energy Red Giants: Heat energy from gravitational collapse of core, followed by Helium burning fusion: 3 Helium Carbon + energy White Dwarfs: Residual heat only. No energy being produced once gravitational collapse is complete.

Helium burning has begun. 3 Helium Carbon + energy 12C 3 4He2 6 + energy Although the star expands due to extra heat within, conversely its outer layers become cooler and so its "peak" emitted wavelength is typically red light. So it is much bigger, and is red: a RED GIANT. Despite being cooler, its total luminosity increases due to its immense size. On the H-R diagram it moves off the main sequence upwards to the right.
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Supernova: what's the story?


If a star forms much larger than normal (e.g. more than 8 times the mass of the Sun) the compression and heat generated in the core causes more fusion reactions to occur than just the basic hydrogen to helium reaction. Larger nuclei are produced by a variety of fusion reactions; carbon, oxygen, silicon and other elements as large as iron are formed in abundance. The star is large, hot and luminous, so on the H-R diagram these "Blue Supergiants" are near the top left of the grid.

This "supernova" explosion has several interesting consequences: The star briefly flares as bright as a million stars combined. The explosion creates all the larger atoms (by nuclear reactions) and then sprays them outwards to form a dust cloud in space. Billions of years later, this cloud may condense to form a new star, and the heavier elements may collect to form planets like Earth, rich in iron, silicon, oxygen and carbon, and perhaps capable of supporting life. Our Solar System is 2nd generation. The Earth is rich in iron, silicon, oxygen, etc. and has heavy elements like lead, gold and uranium. These can only have been made by fusion in a star which went supernova. The core of the exploding star, collapsing under gravity and further compressed by the explosion, may become either a "neutron star" and "pulsar", or even (if the core was large enough) a "black hole". A Neutron Star is so dense that electrons get rammed into the protons forming a single "nucleus" of neutrons about 20km across. This far too small to be seen at cosmic distances, but we know they're out there:The neutron star rotates and emits high frequency radiations in a tight beam. We detect "pulses" of radiation as the beam sweeps past us. These "Pulsars" were discovered by early radio telescopes and, for a while, thought to be possible communications from ET's. If the core of the exploding star exceeds a certain size, the collapse inwards goes way beyond neutron star stage. Matter collapses into itself forming a "singularity" with a density approaching infinity. The gravity field becomes so strong that even a beam of light cannot escape the singularity. Thus it cannot be seen and any light or matter which goes near it will disappear into it. (Hence "Black Hole") Within the black hole time stops and all the laws of physics cease to operate. We think that our galaxy (and probably most others) has one or more massive black holes near the centre.

Blue Supergiant Stars

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Because they are so hot and dense in the core, they burn their fuel very quickly and so have a relatively short life span. When the core runs out of fuel and fusion ceases, gravity causes a collapse that is truly cataclysmic! The core collapses and shrinks rapidly, and when the outer layers fall in onto this dense core, they rebound in a hugely energetic explosion...

a Supernova!

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Worksheet 3 Part A Fill in the blanks. Check answers at the back.


The hotter an object is, the a).................................... radiation it will emit. As well as the amount of radiation, the b)................................ of the radiation changes with temperature too. The higher the temperature, the c)............................................. the wavelength of the peak radiation emitted. This means that for stars, the cooler stars are d).............................. coloured, while very hottest stars are e)................................. coloured. Luminosity refers to the amount of f)........................... energy being g).................................. from a star, while brightness refers to the amount being h).................................... by an observer some distance away. There is a relationship between the observed brightness (or intensity) of light and the distance from the source. This is that the brightness (intensity) is proportional to i)................................................................................................ Two astonomers, j).............................. and ................................ independently discovered that when the k)..................................... of a star is plotted graphically against its l).............................................., most stars are found to lie in a narrow band of points known as the m)............................................................................ COMPLETED WORKSHEETS BECOME SECTION SUMMARIES It is thought that most stars spend most of their life as m)........................................................................... stars. Their energy source is a series of n)................................ reactions called the o)........................... - .................................. Chain, in which p).................................. nuclei (protons) fuse into q)............................ nuclei. During the reaction, a small amount of r).......................... is converted into s)................................... according to E= t).................. After billions of years, the stars core is depleted in u)....................... and rich in v)....................................... The Proton-Proton Chain cannot sustain the energy output, so the core begins to collapse. This can result in v)............................... -burning fusion starting, in which v)............................. fuses to form w)........................... Meanwhile, the outer layers of the star expand outwards and the star becomes enormous. Its luminosity x)....................................., but the surface temperature is relatively low, so the dominant colour is y)......................... It has become a z)................................................. star. After a billion years or so, the z)....................................... star uses up all its fuel. Without internal energy, it rapidly shrinks down to become a aa)........................................ star. This produces a lot of heat from conversion of ab).................................. potential energy, but fusion reacts have virtually ceased. It continues radiating its residual energy, gradually cooling as it dies.

Part B Practice Problems Inverse Square Law Note: Many problems involving the brightness-distance relationship do not need the full calculation treatment. They can be solved using the inverse square idea as a ratio. The basic idea is this: If distance is doubled, brightness will DECREASE by 2 (ie decrease by a factor of 4) to of original. If distance is tripled, brightness will decrease by a factor of 3 (ie 9 times) to one-ninth of original. If distance is HALVED (decreased by a factor of 2) then brightness must INCREASE by 2 = 4 times brighter. If you went 10 times closer, brightness must increase by 10 i.e. 100 times brighter.
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1. By what factor would the apparent brightness of a star change when viewed from a point 5 times further away? 2. When viewed from Earth, a star has a brightness of 10 units. Where would you have to be for it's brightness to be 40 units? 3. At distance D, a star's brightness is 32 units. What would the brightness be when viewed from distance 4D? 4. At distance "d" from a star, its brightness is 8 units. What would be its brightness at distance d/5 ? 5. Two stars have the same apparent brightness when viewed from Earth. However, star "X" is known to be 3 times further away than star "Y". How do their luminosities compare? Check your answers at the back.
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Worksheet 3 (continued) Part C Inverse Square Law More Difficult Problems Note on Units of Measurement: The "brightness" or intensity of light can be measured in a variety of units such as watts per square metre (Wm-2). However, to keep this worksheet as simple as possible, brightness values are expressed as just "units". In keeping with the astronomical context, distances are in "Light Years (LY)" the distance that light can travel in one year. (1LY is about 10 billion billion kilometres) These problems require the use of IAdA2 = IBdB2 Example problem: When viewed from a distance of 6.00 light years, a star has a brightness of 22.5 units. How bright will it appear from a distance of 10.0 light years? Solution: IAdA2 = IBdB2 IA x 102 = 22.5 x 62 IA = (22.5 x 36) / 100 = 8.10 units 7. The same star as in Q6 is viewed from planet C which is 80 light years from the star. How bright will it appear to be? (hint: let IA=20, dA= 10, dC=80, solve equation to find IC ) 8. When viewed from 3.25 light years away, a star's brightness is 5.77 units. How bright will it be when viewed from 1.40 light years? 9. A star has a measured brightness of 15 units when viewed from a distance of 5.5 light years. How far from the star does an observer need to be for the apparent brightness to be 6.2 units? 10. The "Andromeda Nebula" is a faint cloud-like object just visible to the naked eye. With a good telescope, it turns out to be a whole galaxy about 200 million LY (2.0 x 108LY) away. Its brightness as seen from Earth is only 0.0045 (4.5 x 10-3) units. What would it's brightness be if you could approach to only 1 million LY from it? 11. The apparent brightness of a star is I units. You now move to a point half the original distance away. While your spaceship was travelling, the stars luminosity increased by a factor of 3. In terms of I, what is the brightness of the star at your new position? 12. Two stars A and B are 12.0 LY apart. From the exact mid-point between them the brightness of star A is 9,000 units and star B is 1,000 units. Staying on the line between them, where must you move to so that the 2 stars have the same brightness?

Try These: 6. When viewed from planet A, a star's apparent brightness is 20 units. When viewed from planet B the same star has an apparent brightness of only 5 units.. If planet A is 10 light years from the star, how far is planet B from the star? (hint: let IA=20, IB=5, dA=10, solve equation to find dB)

Remember that for full marks in calculations, you need to show FORMULA, NUMERICAL SUBSTITUTION, APPROPRIATE PRECISION and UNITS
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4. ENERGY FROM THE SUN & ITS EFFECTS ON US


Energy From the Nucleus
There are basically 3 different ways that energy can be released from the nuclei of atoms:

Nuclear Fusion is when 2 small nuclei are slammed together hard enough so that they join and become one. A small amount of mass goes missing... it has converted to energy according to E = mc2. This is the process which powers the stars.

Nuclear Fission is the opposite of fusion. Under certain conditions, a very large nucleus (e.g. uranium or plutonium) can break apart forming 2 smaller nuclei and often several individual neutrons. Once again, if the masses before and after are compared it seems a small amount of matter has disappeared... E = mc2 is at work again! This is the process occurring in a nuclear reactor used to generate electricity in many countries. It is also the energy source in an atomic bomb.

Radioactivity Some atoms have an unstable nucleus and can spontaneously re-adjust themselves to a more stable form. When they do so, excess energy and matter is emitted in any of 3 different ways:

BETA RADIATION () also involves emission of a particle... this time an electron, ejected at high speed.

ALPHA RADIATION () is a particle ejected from a nucleus which is simply too big. The alpha particle is made up of 2 protons and 2 neutrons and is the same as the nucleus of a helium atom.

Symbol often used:


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GAMMA RADIATION involves the emission of a high frequency wave of the electromagnetic (EMR) type.

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Gamma rays often accompany Alpha or Beta emission.

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The Properties of Alpha, Beta & Gamma


Radiation Causes Ionization All 3 radioactive radiations can cause ionization... i.e. can cause electrons to be knocked out of their orbit around an atom, turning the atom into an ion.
Electron knocked out of orbit Alpha, Beta or Gamma radiation

Effects of Electric & Magnetic Fields Alpha and Beta radiations are particles and both carry electric charges... Alpha is positive (+ve), Beta negative(-ve). This means that both Alpha and Beta can be deflected by an electric field and by a magnetic field. The deflection of alpha compared to beta will be opposite in either type of field. Deflection of Radiations by Electric Field
Alpha (+ve) small deflection due to large mass Gamma. (no charge) no deflection Beta (-ve) larger deflection due to small mass.

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This is why radiation is dangerous to living things. Ionization of atoms in a living cell can disrupt membranes, cause genetic mutations or alter the cells DNA so that it becomes cancerous. The massive ALPHA particle has the highest ionization ability, BETA is much less ionizing and GAMMA less again.

Note that Gamma rays are NOT deflected by either field, because they have no electric charge. Deflection of Radiations by Magnetic Field
Alpha (+ve) small deflection Gamma. (no charge) no deflection Magnetic Field (into page) between mag. poles

Beta (-ve) larger deflection

Penetrating Ability Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation are quite different in their abilty to penetrate through different substances.

What You Might Have Discovered & Explanations ALPHA particles have low penetrating ability. They are so likely to collide and interact with atoms in their path, that they usally do not penetrate far. A few centimetres in air is as far as theyll get, and a piece of paper You may have done Practical Work in class to investigate this. will stop 99% of them. BETA particles are more penetrating than alpha. They are less likely to interact, and so penetrate further, but rarely go more than 10-20cm in air and most can be stopped by thin metal sheets such as aluminium foil.
Alpha Beta Gamma Paper Aluminium foil Lead

FIRST-HAND INVESTIGATION, that you may have done in class to test the penetration of radiation through different materials.
Data sent to electronic counting device to measure the radiation levels

Geiger Tube. Detects radiation by the ionization it causes.

Alpha, Beta or Gamma source. All 3 tested separately.

Different materials placed here (e.g. paper, lead, aluminium) to see what can block the radiation.

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Radiation From the Sun


The Sun emits huge amounts of energy every second. Some is electromagnetic radiation (EMR), but it also gives out streams of high energy particles... the Solar Wind. EMR With a surface temperature around 5,700oC, most of the EMR from the Sun is at the wavelengths corresponding to visible light (with the peak being yellow) and infra-red (heat). Some radiation is also at the longer wavelengths of radio and microwaves, but most of this is absorbed by the Earths atmosphere. A small fraction of the Suns EMR is at shorter wavelengths corresponding to ultra-violet (UV) rays. These could be very dangerous, but fortunately the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere absorbs most of the UV.

Sunspots & the Solar Wind The flow of charged particles that make up the solar wind is not a constant stream. It fluctuates with changes in the Suns magnetic field, which scientists monitor by studying the sunspots. Galileo was the first to see sunspots with his telescope... dark spots on the Suns bright surface. More evidence against Ptolemys geocentric model: Sunspots were obvious blemishes on one of the heavenly bodies which were believed to be perfect! We now know that sunspots appear dark because they are regions that are cooler (only 4,500oC). They are associated with regions where the Suns magnetic field is stronger, and this causes more particles to be ejected in the solar wind. AND, the Suns magnetic field undergoes cyclic changes over an 11 year period. Every 11 years there are more sunspots and more intensity in the solar wind, sometimes to the extent that it can affect our power supplies and communications.

The Solar Wind The Suns corona is an atmosphere of hot gas extending millions of kilometres into space. It is only visible during a solar eclipse when the brighter face of the Sun is blotted out by the Moon. Every second from the corona, trillions of charged particles (electrons and ionized atoms, especially ionized hydrogen = protons) with enough energy to escape the Suns gravity, stream outwards into space. They exert enough force to push comet tails outwards, and affect the orbits of the smaller members of the Solar System such as asteroids. This Solar Wind would be very dangerous to life, but the Earths magnetic field deflects, traps and channels the particles, so very few get through to the surface.

Sometimes, the Solar Wind penetrates the magnetic field

Earths magnetic field

Earth The particles spiralling down into the poles also cause the beautiful aurora displays of the Northern Lights & Southern Lights.

Spiralling charged particles produce EMR pulses.

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magnetic field distorted by solar wind

When sunspot activity peaks, our magnetic field can be overwhelmed by the solar wind. Charged particles penetrate the field and are sent into spiralling paths towards the Earths poles. Intense pulses of EMR at radio frequencies can result, which can cause static, jamming our communications, especially satellite telephone links which use radio and microwaves. Extreme pulses can causes surges in electric power lines and damage electronic equipment. In one event some 25 years ago, the EMR pulse set off a surge in the power grid of the eastern USA & Canada which was so severe that the entire system shut down. Millions of people were left without power for several days in mid-winter!

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Worksheet 4 Fill in the blanks. the back. Check your answers at

Nuclear a)........................................... occurs when 2 small nuclei are slammed together so hard that they b)....................................... In the process, a small amount of c)............................ is converted into d).................................... Fission is when a e)....................... nucleus (such as f).........................) splits into fragments. Once again, there is a conversion of g).............................. into ............................... according to E= h).................... Another way that energy is released from an atomic i)................................. is known as j)............................................ This occurs because some nuclei are unstable, and can spontaneously re-adjust themselves to a more k)................................... form by emitting particles and/or EMR. The 3 forms of radioactive radiation are: l)........................................................., symbol = m)........................... This involves emission of a particle consisting of n)................................................................................... This is equivalent to the nucleus of a o).................................... atom Beta radiation, symbol = p)........................... This involves the emission of an q)...................................... r)............ ......................., symbol = s).................... This is the emission of a t)............................. frequency EMR wave. All 3 types of radioactive emissions can cause ionization, by knocking u)................................... out of their orbits in an atom. v)............................................... radiation has the highest ionization ability, then w)................................... less so, and x).............................. least of all. It is this ionization which makes radioactivity dangerous to life: living cells can be killed because their y)........................................ are disrupted, or their DNA can be damaged, resulting in genetic z)...................................... or the cell becoming aa)....................................................
COMPLETED WORKSHEETS BECOME SECTION SUMMARIES

Each radiation is different in its penetrating ability: ab)..................................... is least penetrating, and most can be stopped by a sheet of ac).............................................. Beta has ad)....................................... penetration. It can usually be stopped by a thin sheet of ae)............................................... The most penetrating radiation is af)......................................... which can penetrate many metres of air and needs ag)........................... or ............................................. to stop it. Each radiation is also affected differently by ah).............................. or ............................................ fields. Because ai)........................ and........................ are particles carrying aj)......................................, both will be ak).......................................... by a field. They will deflect in al).................................. directions because alpha carries a am)............................... charge, while beta is an).................................. Also, ao)............................... will deflect through a greater angle than ap).................................. because aq)........................ ....................................................................................... ar)............................................. radiation is NOT affected by either type of field. The Sun emits a range of EM waves, some of which could be dangerous to life on Earth. Luckily, most of the dangerous as)................................ waves are absorbed by the at)......................... layer in the upper atmosphere. As well as EMR, the Sun emits streams of au)................................................... known as the av)................................................................................. This could be very dangerous too, but very little gets to the Earths surface because of the Earths aw)......................................................which ax)........................................... most of it. Sunspots are darker spots on the Suns surface which are ay).............................................. (cooler/hotter) and are areas where the Suns az).................................................... is more intense. The presence of sunspots results in the solar wind becoming more ba)........................................... Sunspot activity goes up and down in a cycle over bb)................. years. When sunspots are at a maximum, the solar wind can overwhelm the Earths bc)............................................... When this happens, charged particles can give off bursts of bd)............................................. which can interfer with be)............................................. and damage bf).................................................. equipment. In extreme cases, disruption has occurred to bg)................................. supplies.
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CONCEPT DIAGRAM (Mind Map) OF TOPIC


Some students find that memorizing the OUTLINE of a topic helps them learn and remember the concepts and important facts. Practise on this blank version.

The COSMIC ENGINE

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Practice Questions
These are not intended to be "HSC style" questions, but to challenge your basic knowledge and understanding of the topic, and remind you of what you NEED to know at the K.I.S.S. principle level. When you have confidently mastered this level, it is strongly recommended you work on questions from past exam papers. Part A Multiple Choice 1. The astronomer who supported a heliocentric model of the universe was:A. Aristotle B. Ptolemy C. Copernicus D. Tycho Brahe 2. The use of "epicycles" in the geocentric model of the universe was to explain:A. the retrograde motion of the planets. B. the lack of observable parallax motion of stars. C. the elliptical shape of planetary orbits. D. the occurrence of eclipses and how to predict them. 3. One reason why early heliocentric theories of the universe were rejected was:A. heliocentric models cannot explain retrograde motion of the planets. B. heliocentric models predict parallax movement of stars, and none could be seen. C. geocentric models were a simpler way to explain the motion of the planets. D. geocentric models could be proven correct, once the telescope was invented. 4. Which of the following is the correct sequence of scientific events? A. Einstein's theories, then Hubble's observations, which prompted Friedmann's prediction. B. Hubble's observations, followed by Friedmann's prediction, led to Einstein's theory. C. Einstein's theory led to Friedmann's prediction, which was confirmed by Hubble's observations. D. Friedmann's prediction was confirmed by Hubble's observations, which led Einstein to his theory. 5. Einstein's famous equation, E=mc, means:A. a small amount of energy is equivalent to a large amount of mass. B. an expanding universe must cool down. C. the speed of light is constant and cannot be exceeded. D. a small amount of matter can be made from a large quantity of energy.
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6. Observational evidence supporting the idea of an expanding universe comes mainly from:A. the red-shift of spectral lines. B. the "Big-Bang" theory. C. the equations in Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. D. observed motions of stars moving apart in the galaxy. 7. The characteristic of the early universe which allowed galaxies to form was:A. its chemical composition being mostly hydrogen and helium. B. the cosmic background radiation forming. C. "lumpiness" or uneven distribution of matter. D. gravity acting equally in all directions. 8. Which of the following statements about radiation from a hot object is correct? A. Hotter objects emit redder light at a longer wavelength. B. The cooler the object the shorter the wavelength of the "peak" emission. C. The "peak" emission from a very hot star would be infra-red. D. The hotter the object the shorter and "bluer" the "peak" emission. 9. A light is viewed from 1 metre distance, and again from a 5 metre distance. At 5 metres, its apparent brightness would be: A. 1/5 B. 5 times C. 1/25 D. 25 times This is a simplified version of the Hetzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram. It is used for questions 10-12
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12. Our Sun is expected to "evolve" and undergo changes in the future. Which of the following shows the expected changes as our aging Sun moves around the H-R diagram? A. P>Q>R B. Q>P>S C. R>Q>S D. P>S>R 13. A "Red Giant" star is characterized by having: A. high luminosity and low temperature. B. low luminosity and low temperature. C. low luminosity and high temperature. D. high luminosity and high temperature. 14. The "proton-proton" fusion reaction: A. produces hydrogen from helium in supergiant stars. B. heats a star up so it expands to become a Red Giant. C. produces large atomic nuclei during a supernova explosion. D. produces helium from hydrogen in a Main Sequence star. 15. The main energy source in a White Dwarf star is from: A. "helium burning" fusion reactions. B. degenerate matter reactions. C. residual heat following gravitational collapse. D. nuclear fission of large nuclei. 16. Which combination of radiations would show LEAST total deflection if passed through a strong magnetic field? A. Alpha and beta. B. Alpha and gamma. C. Beta and gamma. D. Alpha, beta and gamma. 17. Gamma radiation exhibits properties of: A. low penetration and low ionization. B. low penetration and high ionization. C. high penetration and low ionization. D. high penetration and high ionization. 18. The diagrams show an experiment in which a single type of radiation was passed between electrically charged plates in a vacuum. Later, the experiment was repeated with a thin piece of paper in the path of the radiation.
Electrically charged plates radiation radiation detected here Detector screen

18. (cont) Which line of this table correctly identifies the type of radiation, and the electric charge on the TOP plate? RADIATION A. B. C. D. Beta Gamma Alpha Beta CHARGE ON TOP PLATE +ve -ve +ve -ve

19. The "Solar Wind" is best described as: A. electromagnetic radiation emitted by the Sun. B. a stream of air blowing from the Sun. C. the outer "atmosphere" or corona of the Earth. D. stream of charged particles ejected from Sun. 20. The "Ozone Layer" of the Earth is very effective in blocking which radiation from the Sun? A. Radio waves B. Ultra-violet waves C. Solar Wind D. Light waves

Part B

Longer Response Questions.

Mark values given are suggestions only, and give you an idea of how detailed an answer is appropriate. 21. (2 marks) Contrast a geocentric model of the universe with a heliocentric model. 22. (3 marks) Discuss how the historical development of models of the universe was limited by the technology available. In your answer, refer to one specific model, naming the person responsible for it. 23. (5 marks) Place the following men in chronological order, and state whether each supported a heliocentric or geocentric model of the universe. Kepler, Ptolemy, Aristotle, Copernicus, Aristarchus 24. (3 marks) About 1930, Edwin Hubble used a new, large telescope to discover the "Red-Shift". a) What is the "red-shift"? b) Explain how the red-shift gives evidence of an expanding universe. c) How is expansion of the universe explained by the "BigBang" theory?

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radiation

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25. (5 marks) At the instant of the Big Bang all the substance of the universe is thought to have been in the form of radiant energy. a) Where did all the matter (e.g. atoms) come from? Explain with reference to Einstein's equation. b) Which 2 types of atoms are thought to have been mainly formed in the early universe? c) The "Big Bang" is all about expansion. How then did matter get together to form galaxies and stars? Explain. 26. (2 marks) This graph shows the distribution of radiation emitted by an object at 5,000oC.
Amount of Energy

29. (2 mks) Write a simple equation to describe the reaction that produces energy in a typical main sequence star. 30. (5 marks) Complete the table to describe the properties of alpha, beta and gamma radiation.
RADIATION TYPE WHAT IT IS IONIZATION ABILITY PENETRATION ABILITY

Alpha Beta Gamma

(a) electron (d)

high (c) v. low

(b) medium (e)

31. (7 marks) Using a "geiger counter" a scientist detected a source of radioactivity coming from a mineral sample. When placed 2 mm in air from the sample the counter registered 1,687 ionization events in 1 minute. Next she placed a piece of aluminum foil in the 2 mm space between sample and Geiger tube. The counter registered 802 events/min. When the aluminium foil was replaced with a piece of paper the count was 1,538 ionizations/min. With a piece of lead foil in the gap, the result was 366 ionizations/min. From these results she was able to deduce what type(s) of radio-active emissions were coming from the sample. a) State what type(s) of radiation(s) were coming from the sample. b) Explain your reasoning. c) Account for the result obtained with a piece of paper shielding the sample. d) Account for the result obtained with the lead foil. e) Why was it important to keep the Geiger tube always 2 mm from the sample? 32. (3 marks) Radiation from the Sun includes high energy charged particles, radio waves and ultra violet waves. Each of these is partially or totally absorbed, blocked or deflected before it reaches the Earth's surface. By what? State specifically what EACH of these radiations is blocked or deflected by.

Wavelength of Radiation

On the graph sketch clearly the curve you would expect if the object was at 2,000oC. 27. (3 marks) If a star has an apparent brightness of 37.5 units when viewed from a distance of 22 LY, at what distance would an observer see its brightness to be 16.3 units? 28. (7 marks) Use the graph provided to sketch the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, showing clearly: a) what property is measured on each axis. b) the approximate positions of main sequence, red giant, white dwarf and blue supergiant stars. (label clearly) c) the approximate position of our Sun.

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