Introduction to the Solar System
Astronomy 106, Spring 2008

Department of Astronomy

This course provides an introduction to the physical characteristics of our solar system. It begins with the origins of the universe and the solar system, and continues with discussions of the sun and each planet. Concepts include planetary orbits, rotation and precession; gravitational and tidal interactions; interiors and atmospheres of the Jovian and terrestrial planets; surfaces of the terrestrial planets and satellites; asteroids, comets, and planetary rings; origin and evolution of the planets. The course will emphasize discoveries by space probes. Bi-weekly homework assignments will alternate with biweekly short quizzes.


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