Description: This course focuses on the present day physics that structures the solar system, its evolution, and planetary processes. The course is a comprehensive and in-depth overview of fundamental physical processes relevant in current astronomy and planetary science research. The physical processes involved include solar radiation, gravity and orbital dynamics, space weathering, radioactivity, atmospheric processes, impacts, and phase changes. These processes will be explored from a first-principles approach to quantify their effect on relevant bodies such as the terrestrial planets, the gas and ice planets, rings, and the minor planets including asteroids, comets, and Kuiper Belt Objects. Letter grade only.
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