Astronomy 121: The Formation and Evolution of the Solar System


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Exam Instructions


    Week 01:
    (Mar 29th)
  1. Introduction
  2. History
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    Week 02:
    (Apr 5th)
  1. Celestial Sphere
  2. Orbits
  3. Gravity
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    Week 03:
    (Apr 12th)
  1. Light
  2. Matter
  3. Solar System Review
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)

Apr 21th: Exam #1

    Week 04:
    (Apr 19th)
  1. Earth
  2. Moon/Mercury
  3. Venus
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    Week 05:
    (Apr 26th)
  1. Mars
  2. Galilean Satellites
  3. Terrestrial Atmospheres
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    Week 06:
    (May 3rd)
  1. Terrestrial Planet Geology
  2. Terrestrial Planet Interiors
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)

May 12th: Exam #2

    Week 07:
    (May 10th)
  1. Moons
  2. Asteroids & Comets
  3. Jupiter/Saturn
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    Week 08:
    (May 17th)
  1. Uranus/Neptune
  2. Outer SS
  3. Sun
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    Week 09:
    (May 24th)
  1. Origin of the Solar System
  2. Exoplanets
  3. Primordial Life
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)
    (Video Lecture)

Jun 2nd: Exam #3

Quiz Deadlines:

Quiz Deadlines
Quizzes #1,2Apr 4th Quizzes #15,16May 9th
Quizzes #3,4,5Apr 11th Quizzes #17,18,19May 16th
Quizzes #6,7,8Apr 18th Quizzes #20,21,22May 23rd
Quizzes #9,10,11Apr 25th Quizzes #23,24,25May 30th
Quizzes #12,13,14May 2nd
All quizzes must be done by 11:59pm PDT (midnight) on the dates listed on the top of each quiz
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The graphic in the background of these pages is from a chart in Johannes Kepler's 1606 celestial atlas entitled De Stella Nova.

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