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Homework Help: Year 12 Cosmology extended research task

  1. Jul 21, 2012 #1
    Hey guys,

    I am currently in year 12 and have been asked to develop a thesis on cosmology for an Extended research task (ERT) and I am bewildered. Nothing is coming to mind at the moment and I am struggling. I have no idea what to do mine on. the teacher gave us a list of topics that we might be able to write about, they are:

    The Big Bang Theory and the Formation of the Elements
    Future of the Universe
    Stellar Evolution
    Critical Density of the Universe
    Black Holes
    “Missing” mass dark matter
    Olbers’ Paradox
    Quark Conformation
    Hubble and the Red Shift
    Hubble and his Discoveries
    Cosmological Principle
    Steady State Vs Big Bang Theory

    If anybody can give me the slightest amount of help or guidance I would be so so so so so thankful.

    Cheers guys, Raul.
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  3. Jul 21, 2012 #2
    I would go with "The Big Bang and the Formation of the Elements".

    There's a whole lot of interesting information about fundamental forces, particles, and the standard model. You can actually "beef this up", if you consider this.

    And to point you in the right direction, research what physicists currently think happened between the Big Bang, and the formation of the first hydrogen atom: you'll find a lot more than you might think.
  4. Jul 22, 2012 #3
    Hmm ok then. that is actually sounding good. So if I did this, what could my thesis be? and then some arguments to back it up? At first I disregarded that option because I didn't actually know what it would entail. My main concern is the physics behind it. I need to be able to understand it haha which shouldn't be too hard. Is there a lot of maths for that stuff? because I enjoy the maths component and often it helps me to understand it, plus it always helps assignments if you have equations to justify these things.

    Thanks alot for your input, this is most likely my best bet. I was really struggling to think of something because i have a biology ERT at the moment as well and I have been putting so much work into it.

    Much love and God Bless, Raul.
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