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This blog is for ASTR 2110 The Solar System
This course presents a thorough overview of the solar system. For the most part, the material is qualitative and factual. While there are some equations and quantitative descriptions, these are so few and basic so as not to be a major challenge to non-physics majors.Topics covered include the formation of the solar system [nebular theory], the Sun as our star, the planets: including an historical overview of the how and why of their observation – Kepler’s laws, distances and masses, terrestrial planets: their atmospheres and physical properties, Jovian planets: atmospheres, structures and magnetic fields, comets and asteroids, and extra-solar planets.