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.
Week 3 (In-class exam on Friday, January 25, 2013)
Week 6 (In-class exam on Friday, February 15, 2013)
Week 9 (In-class exam on Friday, March 15, 2013)
The Final Exam time will be Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 1:15 pm, unless the Registrar changes the schedule.