Astronomy 121: The Formation and Evolution of the Solar System

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Internet Resources:

The Nine Planets
Meteor Showers
Views of the Solar System

Science Calculator (HELP)

Periodic Table
Temperature Scale

21st Century Science
Astronomy/Physics Glossary

Solar System Symbols
What's in the Sky this Month?
Planetary Fact Sheets

Unit Converter

Greek Alphabet
Exponents and Logarithms

AST122: Birth and Death of Stars
AST123: Galaxies and Cosmology

Lectures:

Week 1:
  1. Introduction
  2. History
  3. Celestial Sphere
Week 2:
  1. Orbits
  2. Gravity
    No class Apr 14th
Week 3:
  1. Light
  2. Matter
  3. Solar System Review
Apr 24th: Exam #1
Week 4:
  1. Earth
  2. Moon/Mercury
Week 5:
  1. Venus
    No class May 3rd and 5th
Week 6:
  1. Mars
  2. Galilean Satellites
  3. Terrestrial Atmospheres
Week 7:
  1. Terrestrial Planet Geology
  2. Terrestrial Planet Interiors
  3. Moons
May 22rd: Exam #2
Week 8:
  1. Asteroids/Comets
  2. Jupiter/Saturn
  3. Uranus/Neptune
Week 9:
  1. Outer SS
  2. Sun
  3. Origin of the Solar System
  4. Exoplanets
  5. Primordial Life
Week 10:
    No classes June 5th and 7th
Jun 9th: Exam #3

Quiz Deadlines:

Quiz Deadlines
Quizzes #1,2,3Apr 9th Quizzes #12,13,14May 14th
Quizzes #4,5Apr 16th Quizzes #15,16,17May 21st
Quizzes #6,7,8Apr 23rd Quizzes #18,19May 28th
Quizzes #9,10Apr 30th Quizzes #20,21Jun 4rd
Quizzes #11May 7th Quizzes #22,23,24,25Jun 8th
All quizzes must be done by midnight on the dates listed on the top of each quiz
Scores and answers will be available after each deadline by clicking the button below

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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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