Bates College

Astronomy/Geology 110

Winter 2015


Lunar and Planetary Science

OVERVIEW


Course Description

An introduction to the solar system using the methods of physics and geology. The historical development of our understanding of planetary motion leads to the contemporary view of celestial mechanics essential to exploration by spacecraft. The composition, formation, and age of the solar system are examined, together with the physical processes involved in the development of planetary interiors and surfaces. Basic algebra and geometry are used throughout. Laboratory work emphasizes the principles of remote sensing and exploration technology. Nighttime telescope work is expected.

Syllabus

Observing and Journal-Keeping

Selenography

Schedule

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3 (In-class exam on Friday, January 30, 2015)

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6 (In-class exam on Friday, February 27, 2015)5/p>

Winter Recess

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9 (In-class exam on Friday, March 20, 2015)

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

The Final Exam time will be Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 1:15 pm, unless the Registrar changes the schedule.


HOMEWORK PROBLEMS

LAB WRITEUPS

LINKS