Planetary Science
PHYS 278/ GEOL 276/376


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

Review

Example Class Papers and Presentations -- 2005 Spring

Io
Solar Wind
Venus Tectonics
Lunar Origin