After passing the course the student should be able to
identify and explain the physical processes that are thought to govern the formation of planetary systems in connection with star formation, and provide an outline of the structure and evolution of planets
identify and explain similarities and differences between our solar system and extrasolar planetary systems
explain the nature of the minor bodies in the solar system, their formation and evolution, and their mutual relationships
account for dynamical and collisional processes which affect planets and minor bodies, as well as how these processes govern the evolution of planetary systems
evaluate new developments in the research on our solar system as one of many in the Milky Way galaxy, including the observed properties of other planetary systems
Planetary interiors and atmospheres. Detection and physical properties of extrasolar planetary systems. The small bodies of the Solar System. Plasmas and magnetic fields in the Solar System. The dynamics of planetary systems. The formation of planetary systems including the physics of accretion discs around protostars, and the physics and chemistry of the solar nebula. Meteorites, and their testimony of the formation and evolution of the Solar System.
Lectures, seminars and problem sets.
Oral and written presentations of seminar topics (4 credits), oral and written presentation of individual essay topic (4 credits), project work in groups and subsequent report (2 credits).