Educators and Students: I have pulled everything off of my website that cannot be used in tandem with Google Classroom for the time being. Please follow along with your Teacher from your own district.

This course is a copy of the course taught at Millard West High School. If you are a West student, please use the Astronomy at West website instead.

Performance Expectation(s)

  • Student will be able to reason the formation of Galaxies & their parts
  • Student will be able to connect what we know about light and the origin of the Big Bang Theory
  • Student will be able to evaluate their place in the cosmos

Student Outline

  • Notes 8A - Big Bang and Formation of the Universe
  • The last 3 in the course have partial PowerPoints setup, and should be recorded sometime in April
  • Notes 8B - Galaxies and their Parts
  • Notes 8C - Structure of the Universe
  • Notes 8D - End of the Universe

Recordings for learning Concepts

8A - Big Bang and Formation of the Universe

  • Watch on: YouTube - Google Drive
  • Concepts
    • Doppler Effect/Shift - The frequency of light stretches or compresses
    • Hubble Constant - The Universe's expansion is accelerating
    • Big Bang Theory - The Universe must have come from a single point
    • Dark Energy (Hypothesis) - Energy that is causing acceleration
  • Summary Task(s)
    • Draw a cartoon/comic showing how the Doppler Effect/Shift works

Activities, Labs & Project Instructions


Short (usually teacher led) requiring pre- and post- reflection.

String Theory Explained – What is The True Nature of Reality? (In a Nutshell, YouTube, 8:00)


Explorations requiring a Hypothesis and use of the Scientific Method.

8-A2 Big Bang Activity (Monroe Career & Technical Institute)


Emphasizing design, analysis and Engineering.