Planets and the Universe


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Fundamental underpinning theories of Science

List top level theories that pupils should meet as part of a study of this area:

  • Big Bang Theory and evidence supporting it
  • Plate Tectonics

Important ideas/concepts/observations/"facts"

These may not be "theories", but are nevertheless vital aspects of a study of this area:

  • Relative size of objects in the Universe and the distances between them
  • Relative ages of things in the Universe
  • How we "know" these things - use of carbon dating, light spectra, space probes, satellites etc.
  • How stars and planets are formed (and therefore some details of the life cycle of a star, nuclear fusion and some details about the structure of the Earth and what makes it a "special" planet)
  • Possibility of life elsewhere in the universe - SETI

Other things

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