Topics: Proofs of the Earth's Rotation and Orbital Motion; Kepler's laws; Details of Keplerian Orbits, mathematics of ellipses, consequences of eccentricity, position and velocity vs. time; Energy and Angular momentum conservation, Interplanetary Trajectories; Ryden and Peterson Sections 2.5, 2.6, and Chapter 3
Topics: Tides, Solar vs. Lunar tides/ocean tides, tidal heating of satellites, tidal coupling between the Earth and Moon, leap seconds, tidal lock/synchronous rotation, lunar libration, lunar phases, Roche limit, Hill radius; Ryden and Peterson Sections Chapter 4.1 to 4.3
Ryden and Peterson Sections 8.1, 8.2 for review, and 17.1. Features and regularities of the Solar System; Galactic star formation, the interstellar medium and molecular clouds; Jeans mass; solar system formation, condensation and accretion; radioactive dating.
ppt - pdf - Clues to the Solar System's origin, Star formation, Molecular Clouds
Lecture 22/23 - October 21/23, 2013
Ryden and Peterson Section 17.1. Jeans mass and cloud collapse; solar system formation, condensation and accretion; radioactive dating.
Topics: Review of equilibrium temperature, simple radiative transfer, greenhouse effect (see notes, book is not so helpful), evolution of Earth's and Venus' atmosphere (ditto), Radar astronomy (ditto), surface of Venus vs. Earth vs. Mars