Astronomy 6570

Physics of the Planets

Spring 2018

Tuesday & Thursday

11:40AM - 12:55PM

SSB 301

Instructor: P. Nicholson, room 418

Course Outline
0. Introduction
bulletHistorical Astronomy
bullet Coordinate Systems & Time Scales
I. Orbital Mechanics
bullet Planetary Orbits
bullet Perturbation Theory & Orbital Precession
bullet Secular Perturbations & Resonances
II. Rotational Mechanics and Gravity Fields
bullet Rotation & Oblateness
bullet Free & Forced Pole Precession
III Tides & Orbital Evolution
bullet Tidal Torques & Evolutionary Timescales
bullet Evolution of the Earth-Moon System
bullet Satellite Shapes
IV Reflected & Thermal Radiation
bullet Thermal Emission & Black Body Radiation
bullet Light Scattering & Photometry
bullet Photometry of Atmospheres & Solid Surfaces
bullet Solid Surface Radiation
V Planetary Atmospheres
bullet Planetary Atmospheric Structure
bullet Radiative Transport in Atmospheres
bullet Topics in Radiative Transfer
bullet Zonal Winds & Geostrophic Balance
VI Planetary Rings
bullet Structure & Equilibrium Configuration; Shepherding
bullet Waves, Wakes, Ringlets & Gaps
VII Planetary Interiors
bullet Terrestrial Planet Interiors
bullet Terrestrial Planet Summary
bulletOuter Planet Interiors
VIII Review Session
Problem Sets
Problem Set #1
Problem Set #2
Problem Set #3
Problem Set #4
Problem Set #5
Problem Set #5 Solutions
Problem Set #6