Notes

Lectures will be a combination of Powerpoint presentations and whiteboard derivations. In most cases, Powerpoint slides will be posted here as PDF files after the class.

These summaries and notes are not a substitute for attending lectures!

In-class worksheets can be found on the Assignments page.

Class Notes
Lecture 1 – 8/18/2014 (Course overview, scope of planetary sciences)
Lecture 2 – 8/20/2014 (Solar system survey: Sun, giant planets)
Lecture 3 – 8/22/2014 (Solar system survey: terrestrial/minor planets)
Lecture 4 – 8/25/2014 (Solar system survey: minor planets, satellites/rings)
Lecture 5 – 8/27/2014 (Solar system formation intro; Ellipses, Kepler’s laws)
Lecture 6 – 8/29/2014 (Newton’s laws, bound/unbound orbits)
Lecture 7 – 9/3/2014 (Orbital elements, Hohmann transfer; worksheet on circular orbit problems)
Lecture 8 – 9/5/2014 (Restricted 3-body problem, Lagrange points, tadpole/horseshoe orbits)
Lecture 9 – 9/8/2014 (Hill sphere, perturbation theory, resonances)
Lecture 10 – 9/10/2014 (Axisymmetric gravity fields, tides, dissipative forces)
Lecture 11 – 9/12/2014 (Illustrations of tidal forces & torques, Poynting-Robertson drag)
Lecture 12 – 9/15/2014 (Electromagnetic spectrum, blackbody radiation)
Lecture 13 – 9/17/2014 (Integrating Planck’s radiation law, Stefan-Boltzmann law, luminosity, Bond albedo)
Lecture 14 – 9/19/2014 (Phase angle, geometric albedo, equilibrium temperature)
Lecture 15 – 9/22/2014 (Greenhouse effect; Conduction: Fourier’s law, thermal diffusivity, thermal skin depth)
Lecture 16 – 9/24/2014 (Thermal inertia, hydrostatic equilibirum, isothermal atmospheres)
Lecture 17 – 9/26/2014 (Convection)
Lecture 18 – 9/29/2014 (Electron energy levels, emission/absorption spectra)
Lecture 19 – 10/1/2014 (Electron energy levels of the elements, Electronic and vibrational transitions in solids)
Lecture 20 – 10/6/2014 (Spectral evidence for methane on Mars, spectroscope “lab”)
Lecture 21 – 10/8/2014 (Radiative transfer; Intro to atmospheric structure)
Lecture 22 – 10/10/2014 (Comet Siding Spring @ Mars, atmospheric structure, [exploding projector bulbs])
Lecture 23 – 10/15/2014 (Atmospheric thermal structure, spectral lines)
Lecture 24 – 10/17/2014 (Atmospheric composition, clouds)
Lecture 25 – 10/20/2014 (Prof. Carol Paty – Ionospheric formation and structure)
Lecture 26 – 10/22/2014 (Prof. Carol Paty – Intro to magnetospheres)
Lecture 27 – 10/24/2014 (Photochemistry, atmospheric dynamics)
Lecture 28 – 10/27/2014 (Atmospheric sources and loss)
Lecture 29 – 10/29/2014 (Surfaces intro; impact cratering)
Lecture 30 – 10/31/2014 (Impact cratering Part 2)
Lecture 31 – 11/3/2014 (Crater count ages; Gravity and planetary surfaces)
Lecture 32 – 11/5/2014 (Shear stress and angle of repose; More mass wasting examples)
Lecture 33 – 11/7/2014 (Planetary tectonics)
Lecture 34 – 11/10/2014 (Prof. Ken Ferrier – Fluvial processes)
Lecture 35 – 11/14/2014 (Prof. Carol Paty – Intro to space physics)
Lecture 36 – 11/17/2014 (Science traceability matrices; Aeolian processes)
Lecture 37 – 11/19/2014 (Aeolian processes Part 2, Glacial processes)
Lecture 38 – 11/21/2014 (Planetary bulk densities, Earth’s interior structure, hydrostatic equilibrium; worksheet on estimating central pressure)
Lecture 39 – 11/24/2014 (Interiors: moment of inertia, equation of state, heat sources, constituent relations, gravity fields)
Lecture 40 – 11/26/2014 (Isostasy, dynamo-driven magnetism; cloud collapse and planetary accretion disk formation)
Lecture 41 – 12/1/2014 (Planet accretion, migration, and satellite formation)

 

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