AST 223 Schedule for Fall 2010


Week/homework Date Content Reading
What is a Planet?
Due Sept. 20
Sept.13

Introduction to the course

Darby
3D solar system

Age of the Solar System
Due Sept. 27

Sept. 20

Solar system formation
Absolute age, elements

 

Hartmann excerpt
Lissauer
Bodenheimer
Arnett
Brownlow
Papaloizou
Introduction to Terrestrial Planets
Note: we will talk only briefly about the Sun, so we'll focus our problem set on Earth, which is the topic of the day!
Homework due Oct. 4
Also due on Oct. 4: hand in a 1-2 page, single-spaced outline of this chapter
Sept. 27

Keppler's Third Law
Planetary Interiors and Densities
Seismology
Magnetic Fields
Impacts
Plate tectonics
Atmospheres

Interiors, 2
Densitites
Seismology
Magnetism
Natl. Geographic articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
BBC report Nature paper 1, 2
New Scientist 1, 2
magnetic fields and dynamoes

Mars #2
current research about Mars
Mars craters
Due: Oct. 18

Oct. 4
Jay Dickson
water on Mars

Mars
Mars Exploration Rovers

Guest speaker: Jay Dickson, water on Mars

Water on Mars: chapter 7 in Barlow's book
Squryes et al. (1979)
Dickson et al. (2008)

no class -- Oct. break Oct. 11 n/a n/a

Moon Map
Due: Oct. 25

Oct. 18
Brad Thomson
Moon and Earth
movie

Pieters

Mercury conference
OR
What's Mercury Made of?
Due: Nov. 1

Oct. 25

Mercury

MESSENGER mission site
other Mercury links

Venus #1
Venus Map
Due: Nov. 15

Nov. 1
Introduction to Venus n/a

Venus #2
no homework
no quiz either (sorry! :)

Nov. 8
Debra Buczkowski

current research about Venus Guide to interpreting radar images
Venus Geology Images

Jupiter and Saturn
quiz on Venus and terrestrial planets
Jupiter_Saturn homework
Due: Nov. 29

Nov. 15
Kunio Sayanagi
(Jupiter and Saturn)

Jupiter, Saturn, and their rings

On Titan's Pictures
Images; Lunine
Kuiper Belt, the Movie
Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Newsletter
Current plotted positions
Images of Icy Moons
Outer Planet Satellites
Galileo Probe News
NEAR spacecraft results
Stardust spacecraft
Icy satellites
Missions to icy moons

Nov. 29
Karl Hibbitts
(icy satellites)

Icy satellites of the outer planets  

Meteorites
last homework!
due Dec. 13

Dec. 6

Meteorites
Meteorite Impact, pts. 1 and 2 (NOVA video)
ANSMET meteorites

Meteorite classification
Impact structures
Impact hazards
Near Earth Objects
Dinosaur extinctions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Tanaka

NASA 79730
McSween
Sheehan Chs. 11-14

Asteroids and Comets

Discoveries video

Dec. 13
Tim Spahr
Guest speaker: Tim Spahr, Minor Planets Center
Asteroids
Comets
Marcy & Butler
Extra-solar planets news
Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia

 

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Last updated on 19 December, 2010 .