Astronomy 6570

Physics of the Planets

Spring 2020

Tuesday & Thursday

11:40AM - 12:55PM

SSB 301

Instructor: P. Nicholson, room 418

Course Outline
0. Introduction
bullet Historical Review
bullet Coordinate Systems & Time Scales
I. Orbital Mechanics
bullet Planetary Orbits
bullet Perturbation Theory & Orbital Precession
bullet Secular Perturbations
bullet Orbital Resonances
II. Rotational Mechanics and Gravity Fields
bullet Rotation & Oblateness
bullet Free & Forced Pole Precession
III Tides & Orbital Evolution
bullet Tides & Tidal Evolution
bullet Evolution of the Earth-Moon System
bullet Satellite Shapes
IV Reflected & Thermal Radiation
bullet Light Scattering & Photometry
bullet Thermal Emission & Radiative Transfer in Atmospheres
bullet Sub-surface temperature profiles
V Planetary Atmospheres
bullet Atmospheric Structure
bullet Radiative Equilibrium Profiles; 2-Stream Approx.
VI Planetary Rings
bullet Planetary Rings Theory
bullet Planetary Rings
VII Planetary Interiors
bullet Earth Interior & Seismology
bullet Terrestrial Planet Interiors
bulletJovian Planets: Observational Constraints
VIII Review Session
bullet Problem Set No. 5
bullet Problem Set No. 6
Term Paper Topics
bullet Paper/presentation topics