Course Policies, etc.
Problem Set 1
Problem Set 2
Problem Set 3
Problem Set 4
Project Exercise 1
Project Exercise 2
Some lecture notes
The Astronomy Picture of the Day (Source of the background picture)
The JPL Mars Page.
The JPL Mars Global Surveyor Page.
More Mars (the Odyssey mission).
And More Mars (huge photo archive).
The University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Lab.
NASA's Galileo mission site
The SOHO solar imaging mission
The Earth Impact Database (all the craters...)
Extrasolar planet list
Making models of NASA spacecraft. What the heck!
A few years ago we were very lucky to have bright comets to observe, but there is almost always a faint one around for those with small telescopes, see Sky and Telescope magazine's online Comet Page.
Copyright 2003, by C. Struck
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Text: Moons & Planets, by William K. Hartmann
Planetary Sciences, by Imke de Pater and Jack J. Lissauer
Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System, by John S. Lewis
Worlds Apart: A Textbook in Planetary Sciences, by Consolmagno and Schaefer
The Planetary Scientists Companion, by Lodders and Fegley
Course grades will be determined on the basis of class participation, and on your performance on tests, homework and the term project. There will be two in-class hour exams, and and a final exam, though that will also be only about an hour in length. The bulk of each exam will be devoted to the material covered since the previous exam, but a portion will be cumulative. Relative weights are approximately as follows: Homework 35% Exams, 10% each 30% Project/Paper 25% Class Participations 10% Letter grades in terms of percentage of possible points will be about: 90-100% A- - A 75-89% B- - B+ 55-74% C- - C+ 40-54% D <40% F These levels are partly based on absolute standards, but also on my experience with what are reasonable expectations for students in this course.
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