Astro 342 - Fall 2007
Calendar and Tentative Outline

Date

Topics

Readings
Hartmann, 5th ed

Week 1:
Aug 20 - 24

Discovering the Solar System

Chapter 2

Week 2:
Aug. 27 - Aug. 31

Orbits and Orbital Mechanics

Chapter 3

Week 3:
Sept 5 - 7

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Week 4:
Sept 10-14

The Sun Inside & Out
(Radiation theory, solar atmosophere and interior)

de P. & Liss. Ch. 3.1, 3.3, 7.1

Week 5:
Sept. 17 - 21

Comparative Planetology: I. Atmospheres, Basic Physics

Chapter 11

Week 6:
Sept 24 - 28

Planetary Atmosph. Examples (Exam 1 Friday)

Chapter 11

Week 7:
Oct 1-5

Comparative Planetology II. Interiors

Chapter 8

Week 8:
Oct 8 - 12

Interiors (Cont'd). Surfaces

Chapter 8, 9

Week 9:
Oct 15 - 19

Solid Planetary Bodies: An Informed Tour

Chapter 9

Week 10:
Oct 22 - 26

Meteorites

Chapter 6

Week 11:
Oct 29 - Nov 2

Asteroids, Comets (Exam 2 Friday)

Chapter 7

Week 12:
Nov 5 - 9

Comets, Large Impacts, and Ice Moons

Chapter 7, 8

Week 13:
Nov 12 - 16

Ice Moons, Rings, and Star Formation

Chapter 10, 3 (60-69), 4 (75-79)

Nov 19 - 23

Thanksgiving Week: No Class

 

Week 14:
Nov 26 - Nov 30

Planet Formation, and Other Solar Systems

Chapter 4, de P. & Liss. Ch. 13

Week 15:
Dec 3 - 7

Project Presentations, (Exam 3 Fri.)

 

Finals Week

Last Presenations?