AST 105: Introduction to the Solar System

Syllabus

Fall 2018

Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 11:20 PM Room: Humanities 1003
Instructor: Prof. Fred Walter (ESS 459; 632-8232; frederick.walter at stonybrook.edu)
Office Hours: MWF 9-10, or by appointment

TA: Olof Salberger (Olof.Salberger at Stonybrook.edu)
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-4:30, ESS 457A


Syllabus revised 17 August 2018

Lecture Schedule

Week Date Topics Reading
1 Aug 28
Aug 30
Introduction; Scales of Space and Time;
The sky
1,4
2 Sep 4
Sep 6
The Beginnings of Astronomy 2, 4
3 Sep 11
Sep 13
Physics I: the Universe in Motion
Physics II: Matter and Light
3, 4
5
4 Sep 18 My, what big eyes you have! 6
4 Sep 20 Midterm 1 Chapters 1 - 6
5 Sep 25
Sep 27
Overview of the Solar System
The Sun
7
15, 16
6 Oct 2
Oct 4
The Relation of the Sun to the Earth
Formation of the Solar System
15.4
7.4, 14
7 Oct 11 The Earth 8
8 Oct 16 The Moon and the Terrestrial Planets 9, 10
8 Oct 18 Midterm 2 Chapters 7-10, 14-16 (plus 1-6)
9 Oct 23
Oct 25
Atmospheres
Barsoom. I.
9, 10
10 Oct 30
Nov 1
Barsoom. II. 10
11 Nov 6
Nov 8
Jovian Planets
Pluto and the Icy Moons
11, 12
12 Nov 13
Nov 15
Asteroids
Other Debris
13
13 Nov 20 Exoplanets 17
14 Nov 27
Nov 29
Exoplanets 21
15 Dec 4
Dec 6
Life in the Universe 30
  Dec 20 Final Exam 1-17, 30


*** note: this plan is subject to change ***

Readings

Readings from the textbook should be done BEFORE the lecture. That way the lecture can be used to clarify, and not just introduce, concepts.

Numbers refer to chapters in the textbook.


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