Physics 102: Astronomy of the Planets

Fall lecture notes



All notes in Microsoft Powerpoint format.

Readings from "Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System" by Bennett are denoted by "B" and the chapter number.

Various readings from Tyson denoted by "Ty" and the chapter number.

Various articles by Carl Sagan will be provided and are denoted by "Sg" and the article number.


Class Date Reading Due Lecture Notes last updated
Sept 6, 2006 None Intro Sept 1
Sept 8 Ty2 The Scientific Method Sept 1
Sept 11 B3 Astrology Sept 1
Sept 13 Sg3 Kepler's Laws Sept 1
Sept 15 B7.1 Model Solar System Sept 1
Sept 18 B7.2-7.3 Solar System Sept 1
Sept 20 Article Guest Lecture: Dr. Julie Rathbun Sept 1
Sept 22 B5.1-5.2 Light and Temperature Sept 26
Sept 25 & 27 B5.3-5.5 Spectra Sept 26
Sept 27 & 29 B13.1-13.2 + article Exoplanets Sept 26
Oct 6 B9.1-9.6 Planetary Geology Oct 5
Oct 20 3 MER articles Mars Exploration Rovers Oct 19
Oct 27 Second Quarter Concept Questions Oct 25
Nov 3 B10.1-10.2 Planetary Atmospheres Nov 2
Nov 6 B10.4-10.5 Mars and Venus Nov 6
Nov 8 B10.6 No lecture notes Nov 8
Nov 10 articles Hansen et al.(pdf)

PNAS Summary (pdf)

Nov 8
Nov 20 B12.1 + article Asteroids Nov 17
Nov 27 B12.4 + article Comets Nov 27