Welcome to Astro 342 for Fall 2007!

Instructors: Prof. Curt Struck and Prof. Lee Anne Willson


From the course catalog:

Astro 342. Introduction to Solar System Astronomy
(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Phys 222.
Analytical and comparative studies of solar system objects - planets, satellites, rings, asteroids, comets, meteoroids, and interplanetary dust - with emphasis on the physical processes affecting tem, their interactions, and their evolution. Orbital mechanics, including perturbations, stability, and resonances. Tidal forces and effects. Radiation laws and thermal physics with applications. Brief study of the Sun as a star, and of stellar evolution. Origin and evolution of the solar system. Detection of other planetary systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.

We meet at 2:10-3:00 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Room 38 Physics.

Current Stuff

  • Lecture Notes

    Previous stuff

  • Problem Set #1 is due Monday, September 10, 2007

    Course Info

           Course Outline and Calendar

           Some useful solar system astronomy links