Henn 310. Mike Alexandersen
ASTR 304 (Jan-April 2013 only) Topics in Planetary Astronomy Hennings 302, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00-9:30 Pre-reqs: PHYS 200, Math 215 (or equivalent), PHYS 210 or EOSC 211. Recommended pre-req: ASTR 101 or 201 or 202 or EOSC 212 Outline ------- Unit: Planetary System Structure - Layout of system. (terrestrial/gas giants/ice giants) - Small body belts - Exoplanetary orbital structure (planets and debris disks) Unit: Dynamical structure - review Newton's version of Kepler's 3rd Law - dynamical masses - dynamical chaos in planetary systems Unit: Planetary Moments of inertia - central condensation - measurement of interior structure - two layer models - Tidal effects: rotation states of planets and moons Unit: Planet formation - nebular stage - accretions disks - planetesimal formation - planet building Unit: Atmospheric structure - comparative atmopheres - Pressure/Temperature structure - Thermal balance, equilibrium temperature, habitable zones - Greenhouse effect Unit: Meteoritics - Cosmochronology - meteorites as primitive samples Unit: Impact cratering - Cratering physics - Cratered landscapes and chronology - Meteor physics and the impact hazardTextbook:
Solar System Evolution, 2nd edition, by S.R. Taylor
Meteorites and their Parent Planets, by H. McSween Jr
Geochemistry, by F. Albarede
file for download (usually right click and pick save).
Data from Head et al (2010) Science, vol 319, p. 1504.
Lunar North Pole (jpg)