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Spring 2010-2011
* GEO 374 / AST 374  

Planetary Systems: Their Diversity and Evolution

Tullis C. Onstott

Examines the diversity of recently discovered planetary systems in terms of fundamental physical and chemical processes and what this diversity implies about the origin and evolution of our own planetary system. Topics include: the formation and dynamics of planets and satellites, planetary migration, the evolution of planetary interiors, surfaces and atmospheres, the occurrence of water and organics, and the habitability of planets and planetary systems. Recent discoveries from planetary missions and extrasolar planet observations are emphasized.

Sample reading list:
Imke de Pater and Jack Lissauer, Planetary Sciences (Required Reading)
George Cole and Michael Woolfson, Planetary Science: The Science of Planets Around Stars

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 60 pages of reading will be assigned per week, mostly from the course texts but also from articles in the current scientific literature. Early in the semester students will select topics for 3 papers (~15 pages) and 3 oral presentations (~10 minutes long). Student will be expected to research the topic by reading a paper(s) in the current literature and discussing them in class during their presentation

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 60%
Oral Presentation(s) - 40%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
GEO 207, GEO 255, or instructor's permission..

Other information:
Each paper is worth 20% of final grade.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42376 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Guyot Hall   220   Enrolled:7 Limit:20