ISP 205, Section 3, Spring 2004, Prof. Stein
UNIT II: THE PLANETS
Date Topic Reading Assignment
Monday, Feb 16 Light section 6.4
Light and Matter
Hotter -> Brighter
Hotter -> Bluer
Larger -> Brighter
Emission and Absorption of Light
Sky Assignment 8 due
Wednesday, Feb 18 Tour of the Solar System Chapter 8
Characteristic Properties section 9.1
Patterns of motion
Terrestrial and Jovian planets
Asteroids and comets
Planets Assignment 1 due
Monday, Feb 23 Formation of the Solar System Chapter 9
Solar Nebula Theory sections 9.2-4,12.1
Extra-Solar Planets section 9.6
Planets Assignment 2 due
Wednesday, Feb 25 Planetary Geology Chapter 10
differentiation section 10.2
core, mantle, crust
sources of heat section 10.2
Geological processes section 10.3
volcanism & tectonics
Comparison sections 10.4-7,
Earth, Moon, Mercury, Venus Mars 14.2
Planets Assignment 3 due
Monday, March 1 Planetary Atmospheres Chapter 11
Evolution of Atmospheres section 11.5-6
Formation, Escape of gases to space
Heating and Cooling sections 6.4,11.2-4
Absorbing sunlight, radiating infrared
Greenhouse Effect sections 11.2,14.4,6
Planets Assignment 4 due
UNIT II: THE PLANETS
- Identify 3 characteristic properties of the solar system
that any theory of its origin must explain.
- Compare and contrast the Jovian and Terrestrial planets as groups.
- Describe the Solar Nebula Theory of planet formation.
- Describe how the terrestrial planets formed
- Describe how the Jovian planets formed
- Describe the role of comets and asteroids in the formation of the
- Describe the significance of bombardment in the early solar system?
- How well does the solar nebula theory explain recent observations of
planets around other stars ("extrasolar" planets).
- Compare and contrast the structure and evolution
of the terrestrial planets.
- Describe the differentiation into core, mantle and crust.
- Describe the heating and cooling processes in the interior.
Describe the importance of planetary size on its evolution.
- Compare the atmospheres of the terrestrial planets.
Describe and explain the differences in composition.
Describe and explain the differences in energy balance.
- Describe and explain the Greenhouse Effect.
Describe the processes contributing to global warming of Earth.
- Describe the factors that effect long-term climate changes
- Describe how Earth's climate is exceptional compared to Mars and
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