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651-4010-00L  Planetary Physics and Chemistry

SemesterHerbstsemester 2016
DozierendeP. Tackley
Periodizitätjährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung
LehrspracheEnglisch


KurzbeschreibungThis course aims to give a physical understanding of the formation, structure, dynamics and evolution of planetary bodies in our solar system and also apply it to ongoing discoveries regarding planets around other stars.
LernzielThe goal of this course is to enable students to understand current knowledge and uncertainties regarding the formation, structure, dynamics and evolution of planets and moons in our solar system, as well as ongoing discoveries regarding planets around other stars. Students will practice making quantitative calculations relevant to various aspects of these topics through weekly homeworks.

The following gives an overview of the course content and approximate schedule (subject to change).

Hours Topics
1-2 Introduction
3-4 Orbital dynamics and Tides
5-6 Solar heating and Energy transport
7-8 Planetary atmospheres
9-10 Planetary surfaces
11-12 Planetary interiors
13-14 Asteroids and Meteorites
15-16 Comets
17-18 Planetary rings
19-20 Magnetic fields and Magnetospheres
21-22 The Sun and Stars
23-24 Planetary formation
25-26 Exoplanets and Exobiology
27-28 Review
SkriptSlides and scripts will be posted at the moodle site:https://moodle-app2.let.ethz.ch/course/view.php?id=2559
LiteraturIt is recommended but not mandatory to buy one of these books:

Fundamental Planetary Science, by Jack J. Lissauer & Imke de Pater (paperback), Cambridge University Press, 2013. (books.ch Fr64.90, amazon.co.uk £35.00, amazon.de €38.61, amazon.com $49.26).

Planetary Sciences, 2nd edition, by Imke de Pater & Jack J. Lissauer (hardback), Cambridge University Press, 2010. (books.ch Fr98.90, amazon.co.uk £54.99, amazon.de €80.04, amazon.com $82.76).