PLANET EARTH: EVOLUTION OF A HABITABLE WORLD
OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT

I. Fundamental Concepts
    A. Scientific Theories & Systems 
    B. Laws of Thermodynamics, Heat, & Light
    C. Atoms, Molecules, Minerals, & Rocks

II. Astrophysical Perspective
    A. The Early Universe
    B. The Milky Way Galaxy
    C. The Interstellar Medium
    D. Star Formation

III. The Solar System
    A. Formation of the Solar System
    B. Overview of the Solar System

IV. Planet Earth: The Hadean Eon
    A. Thermochemical Differentiation
    B. Impact Craters & the Origin of the Moon
    C. The Age of Earth

V. Planet Earth: The Archean Eon
    A. The Origin of Continents
    B. The Origin of Life
    C. The Greenhouse Effect & the Carbon Cycle

VI. Planet Earth: The Proterozoic Eon
    A. Plate Tectonics
    B. The Oxygen Revolution
    C. Energy and Life

VII. Planet Earth: The Phanerozoic Eon
    A. Evolution of Multi-Cell Life
    B. Extinction & Mass Extinction
    C. Emergence of the Human Species

VIII. Planet Earth: The Current Epoch
    A. Global Climate Change
    B. Human-Induced Global Warming
    C. Life Elsewhere in the Cosmos

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