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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ASTR 36300 - The Solar System

Credit Hours: 3.00. This course is intended for students in science or engineering. The components of the course consist of an overview of solar system objects and an overview of the physical processes that control the evolution of solar system objects since formation. The overview of solar system includes observations of the Sun, planets, asteroids and Kuiper-belt objects, comets, and interplanetary dust. Specific processes that are discussed include hydrostatic equilibrium, orbital dynamics, radioactive decay, and heat flow. The role of these processes in shaping planetary surfaces and atmosphere is explored. Typically offered Fall.