Title Solar Systems and Planets
Description Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Properties of sun, planets, asteroids, and comets. Astronomical observations relevant to understanding solar system and its origin. Dynamical problems, including examination of fallacious hypotheses. Meteoritic evidence regarding earliest history of solar system. Chemical models of solar nebula. Space exploration and its planning. P/NP or letter grading.
Units 4 units
Course Days Tuesday Thursday
Time 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Location GEOLOGY 3820
Level Undergraduate
Course ID 411027110
Type Lecture

Syllabus

Lecture Date Topic Homework

1

Tu 21 Jun

Inventory of the Solar System and Planetary Motions

Set 1: Notions of Scale

Due in class on 28 Jun

2

Th 23 Jun

Planetary Chemistry, Cosmology & Nucleosynthesis

3

Tu 28 Jun

The Sun and Stellar Evolution

Set 2: Stellar Evolution

Due in class on 5 Jul

4

Th 30 Jun

The Earth – Structure, Climate and Life

5

Tu 5 Jul

The Moon

Set 3: Sun, Earth, Moon

Due in class on 12 Jul

Th 7 Jul

In-class Midterm Exam

6

Tu 12 Jul

Other Terrestrial Planets – Mercury, Venus & Mars

Set 4: Mercury, Venus & Mars

Due in class on 19 Jul

7

Th 14 Jul

Giant Outer Planets, Rings & Moons

8

Tu 19 Jul

Asteroids, Comets & Trans-Neptunian Objects

Set 5: Outer Solar System

Due in class on 26 Jul

9

Th 21 Jul

Meteorites – Space Probes for the Indigent

10

Tu 26 Jul

Exoplanets, Astrobiology & The Origin of the Solar System

Th 28 Jul

In-class Final Exam

EPS SCI9 Solar System and Planets Summer 2016

All lectures and the Final Exam will be in 4645 Geology at 2:00 P.M. – 3:50 P.M.

Please note that the first discussion session (W 22 Jun) and the last one (W 27 Jul) will be in 4653 Geology. The session on W 20 Jul will be in the Meteorite Gallery (3697 Geology).

Bring a scientific calculator to lab class.

Discussion Date Discussion Topic Location

1

W 22 Jun

Problem Solving and Math Review

4653 Geology

2

W 29 Jun

Lab 1: Orbits and Gravity

4691 Geology

3

W 6 Jul

Lab 2: Tides and Orbital Evolution

4691 Geology

4

W 13 Jul

Lab 3: Surface Ages and Cratering

4691 Geology

5

W 20 Jul

Lab 4: Meteorite Identification

3697 Geology

6

W 27 Jul

Instructor available for questions

4653 Geology

All labs are held at 2:00 P.M. – 3:20 P.M. Completed labs are due at the end of each class.

There is no required text.

Lectures will be posted at: http://columbia.earthandspace.ucla.edu/epss9

User ID = EPSS9; password = NoPluto0 (case sensitive; the final character is a zero)

Grades :

Homework: 5 @ 10 points each 50 points 20% of grade

Lab sets: 4 @ 12 or 13 points each 50 points 20% of grade

Midterm Exam: 1 @ 50 points 50 points 20% of grade

Final Exam: 1 @ 100 points 100 points 40% of grade

Total 250 points 100%

Instructor: Alan Rubin

Office: 4877 Slichter Hall phone: 310-825-3202

E-mail: aerubin@ucla.edu

Office hours: W 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM and by appointment