Syllabus for ASTR 330: Solar System Astronomy

Fall 2000
Prof. M. F. A'Hearn
Tu & Th, 1400-1515, CSS 2400

The syllabus is subject to change as we proceed through the semester. However, the syllabus does give at least a good indication of how we will progress throught the material. Text references are to the textbook, The Planetary System by David Morrison and Tobias Owen (Second Edition).



     Date     Topic                                Text Ref       Due

  Aug 31     Review ASTR 100/101                   Chap 1 & 2
  Sep  5        "     "     "                        "    "
  Sep  7     Planetary Science                     Chap 3
  Sep 12     Intro to Star & Planet Formation      Chap 19
  Sep 14     Age of Solar System                     "   "
  Sep 19     Meteorites                            Chap  4
  Sep 21          "                                  "   "       Report 1
  Sep 26          "                                  "   "
  Sep 28     Hour Exam                             Chap 1-4, 19 
  Oct  3     Asteroids                             Chap 5
  Oct  5         "                                   "  "
  Oct 10     Comets                                Chap 6        
  Oct 12       "                                     "  "        Report 2
  Oct 17       "                                     "  "
  Oct 19     Cratering and Impacts                 Chap 7 (part)
  Oct 24     Rocky Planets                         Chap 7-11
  Oct 26     Hour Exam                             Chap 5-7 (part)
  Oct 31     Rocky Planets                         Chap 7-11     Web Search
  Nov  2       "      "                              "   "
  Nov  7       "      "                              "   "
  Nov  9     Gas Giant Planets                     Chap 13-16
  Nov 14      "    "      "                          "    "
  Nov 16     Hour Exam                             Chap 7-11
  Nov 21     Gas Giant Planets                     Chap 13-16    Report 3
  Nov 23     Thanksgiving Holiday             
  Nov 28      "    "      "        "                 "   "
  Nov 30     Icy Planets (& Satellites)            Chap 17-18
  Dec  5      "     "            "                   "    "
  Dec  7     Planetary Formation                   Chap 19
  Dec 12     Life                                  Chap 12

  Dec 14     Final Exam  0800-1000                 Comprehensive

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Created: 29 Aug '00, mfa; Last updated: Monday, 09-Aug-2010 13:48:06 EDT, mfa