Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 6570: Physics of the Planets

Credit Hours4
Typically OfferedSpring or Fall

Introductory survey of planetary science with an emphasis on the application of physical principles. Planetary dynamics, including satellite orbits, tidal interactions, resonances, and ring dynamics. An introduction to the theory of planetary interiors, gravitational fields, heat sources, and rotational mechanics. Intended for graduate students and seniors in astronomy, physics, and engineering.