SYLLABUS PAGE
C3102, Sec. 1
Planetary Dynamics and Physics


Professor:

Arlin Crotts
Phone number (212-85)4-7899
email: arlinastro.columbia.edu

Syllabus:

Title for each date refers to the lecture topic. Page listings e.g., "pp. 1-20" refers to readings to be completed by the next lecture. "HW" or "Q" notation refers to a Homework Set or Quiz to be distributed on that day in class. Every quiz will be done during that class; homework sets will be due later (on the day specified on the assignment handout).


Jan. 22 Course Organization; Solar System Tour (p. 1-20) .
Jan. 24 Planetary Properties (pp. 22-50) HW.1
Jan. 29 Planetary Properties (cont.) .
Jan. 31 Two-Body Problem (handout notes) .
Feb. 5 Two-Body Problem (cont.) .
Feb. 7 Three-Body Problem HW.2
Feb. 12 Perturbations, Stability & Tides Q.1
Feb. 14 Spacecraft (pp. 56-72) .
Feb. 19 Remote Sensing .
Feb. 21 Heating & Radiation Transport (pp. 76-148) HW.3
Feb. 26 Planetary Atmospheres (pp. 152-238) .
Feb. 28 Planetary Atmospheres (cont.) .
Mar. 5 Planetary Surfaces (pp. 241-279) .
Mar. 7 Planetary Surfaces (cont.) .
Mar. 12 MIDTERM EXAM .
Mar. 14 Planetary Interiors (pp. 283-334) .
Mar. 18-22 SPRING BREAK .
Mar. 26 Planetary Interiors (cont.) HW.4
Mar. 28 Magnetic Fields & Magnetospheres (pp. 337-363) .
Apr. 2 Magnetic Fields & Magnetospheres (cont.) .
Apr. 4 Meteorites (pp. 366-402) HW.5
Apr. 9 Asteroids, Centaurs, Trans-Neptunian Objects (pp. 512-549) .
Apr. 11 Moons .
Apr. 16 Planetary Formation (pp. 489-509) .
Apr. 18 Planetary Formation (cont.) HW.6
Apr. 23 Extrasolar Planets Q.2
Apr. 25 Extrasolar Planets (cont.) .
Apr. 30 Extraterrestrial Life .
May 2 Research Project Reports (extended if necessary) .
May 16 Projected FINAL EXAMINATION (1:10-4:00pm)


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