ASTRONOMY 340-PLANETARY SCIENCES

Fall 2009
Professor Eric M. Wilcots
6211 Chamberlin Hall
262-2364
ewilcots@astro.wisc.edu


ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS

Time:
9:30-10:45 TR 4421 Sterling Hall
Office Hours: 10:45-12:00 T or by appointment


COURSE DETAILS

Final Exam:
Saturday December 19 at 2:45pm in 3425 Sterling
Midterm Exam: October 27 (in class)
Required Text: Planetary Systems by M. Ollivier et al.
Supplemental Readings: As discussed in class
Grading:
      
Homework - 30%
       Midterm - 20%
       Final - 30%
       Paper/Project - 15%
       Class Participation - 5%


Homework: Homework assignments will largely consist of problem sets mostly taken from the book.  In general they will be
handed out of Tuesdays and due on the Thursday of the following week.  You are encouraged to work together, but what you turn in should reflect
your own work.  The assignments will be lengthy, so don't procrastinate too much!

Exams: The exams will look somewhat like the homework, but with a few qualitative questions thrown in.

Project/Paper: Due December 8.


COOL WEB PAGES

Astrophysics Abstracts – efficient literature searches

NASA's JPL Home Page
http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/nineplanets/nineplanets/nineplanets.html

http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/planets
http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/missions_index.html
Cassini-Huygens Mission
Deep Impact Mission
Messenger Mission to Mercury
California and Carnegie Planet Search
10th Planet?
Orbital Simulations
Saturn's Largest Ring
Lunar Impact Mission


LECTURES


HOMEWORKS


SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS