ISP 205, Section 3, Spring 2004, Prof. Stein



Date Topic Reading Assignment
Monday, Feb 16 Light section 6.4 Light and Matter Thermal Radiation 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 Condensation Accretion Dispersal Extra-Solar Planets section 9.6 Planets Assignment 2 due Wednesday, Feb 25 Planetary Geology Chapter 10 Interiors differentiation section 10.2 core, mantle, crust sources of heat section 10.2 accretion differentiation radioactivity Geological processes section 10.3 impact cratering volcanism & tectonics erosion 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



  1. Identify 3 characteristic properties of the solar system that any theory of its origin must explain.
  2. Compare and contrast the Jovian and Terrestrial planets as groups.
  3. Describe the Solar Nebula Theory of planet formation.
  4. Describe how the terrestrial planets formed
  5. Describe how the Jovian planets formed
  6. Describe the role of comets and asteroids in the formation of the solar system.
  7. Describe the significance of bombardment in the early solar system?
  8. How well does the solar nebula theory explain recent observations of planets around other stars ("extrasolar" planets).
  9. Compare and contrast the structure and evolution of the terrestrial planets.
  10. Describe the differentiation into core, mantle and crust.
  11. Describe the heating and cooling processes in the interior. Describe the importance of planetary size on its evolution.
  12. Compare the atmospheres of the terrestrial planets. Describe and explain the differences in composition. Describe and explain the differences in energy balance.
  13. Describe and explain the Greenhouse Effect. Describe the processes contributing to global warming of Earth.
  14. Describe the factors that effect long-term climate changes
  15. Describe how Earth's climate is exceptional compared to Mars and Venus.

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