Planetary Science
PHYS 4130/ GEOL 4560/5560

I. Origin of the solar system

II. Celestial Mechanics

    A. Kepler's laws: origin and inspiration for Newtonian physics
    B. Rotational versus linear motion
    C. Tidal friction and precession

III. The terrestrial planets

    A. Earth
    B. Moon
    C. Mercury
    D. Venus
    E. Mars

IV. The gas giant planets

    A. Blackbody radiation
    B. Jupiter and its satellites
    C. Saturn
    D. Uranus and Neptune

V. Planetary atmospheres

VI. Small bodies of the solar system


Example Class Papers and Presentations -- 2005 Spring

Solar Wind
Venus Tectonics
Lunar Origin