Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Introduction to planetary sciences

EE-586

Lecturer(s) :

Ivanov Anton

Language:

English

Summary

This course will contain an overview of planets, comets and asteroids. We will also present materials and results obtained by robotic spacecraft and how this data changed our understanding of the Solar System. Students will have hands on exercise with the data. We will discuss current missions.

Content

Introduction.

This course introduces students into exciting world of planetary science. Students will learn about history of planetary exploration, study planetary processes and obtain some practical skills in data processing and analysis. Course will discuss latest discoveries in the field.

History

Exploration of the Solar system began in 1957 with the launch of the first satellite. Since then, almost all planets have been imaged or visited by fly-by missions, orbiters or landers. Course will present the most important findings by the mission.

Planetary processes

Planetary science reviews all components of a planet: internal structure, surface processes and atmospheres. We will discuss internal structures of terrestrial planets and gaseous giants. Surface properties will include discussion of tectonics, volcanic eruptions and planetary ices. We will also discuss comets and asteroids. Students will benefit from an overview of many disciplines. Particular attention will be given to engineering aspects that are derived from our knowledge of the planets.

Practice

Practical exercises will include review of papers, problem solving and data processing and analysis.

Keywords

planets, Solar System, universe, life, exoplanets, comets, asteroids, spacecraft, robotic exploration, history, planetary processes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Lectures

Homework

Practical exercises

Expected student activities

Attendance on lectures

Solving practical exercises

Final exam

Assessment methods

Homework

Assessment of practical work

Final exam

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Resources

Bibliography

William K. Hartmann, Moons and Planets, ISBN-13: 978-0534493936

Ressources en bibliothèque
Notes/Handbook

Notes are given in class and published on moodle.

Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Space technologies minor, 2017-2018, Autumn semester
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Credits
      2
    • Subject examined
      Introduction to planetary sciences
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

MoTuWeThFr
8-9
9-10
10-11
11-12
12-13 MXG110
13-14
14-15
15-16
16-17
17-18
18-19
19-20
20-21
21-22
Lecture
Exercise, TP
Project, other

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German