Measuring the Age of the Universe

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Just when is the universe's birthdate? Pupils use previously collected spectra data to find the redshift and radial velocity of supernovas. They then calculate the distance before finally creating a Hubble diagram. Finally, individuals use their models and information to calculate a Hubble constant, ultimately determining the age of the universe.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners read and take notes on the background information prior to starting the activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires the use of mathematical equations
  • Builds on knowledge of supernovas and their brightness
Pros
  • Provides detailed instructions with photo support
  • Emphasizes key scientific vocabulary throughout
Cons
  • None