Lecture Notes

Week 1: Scale of the Universe and Celestial Motions

June 4 — Introduction and Scales

June 5 — Motion of the Sun and Stars

June 6 — Seasons and Moon Phases

June 7 — Eclipses

June 8 — Planets, Kepler’s Laws and the Copernican Revolution

Week 2: Mechanics, Gravity, and the Formation of the Solar System

June 11 — Newton’s Laws of Motion and Gravity

June 12 — Solar System Tour

June 13 — Solar System Formation 1

June 14 — Solar System Formation 2

June 15 — Chronology

Week 3: Rock Week — Planetary Interiors and Surfaces

June 18 — Interiors

June 19 — NASA Budget

June 19 — Surface Processes

June 20 — Surfaces of Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars

June 21 — Surfaces of the Earth and Outer Planet Moons 

June 22 — Light Verbs

Week 4: Light and Planetary Atmospheres

June 25 — Spectroscopy

June 26 — Atmospheric Structure

June 27 — Climate; Atmospheres of Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus

June 28 — Earth’s CO2 Cycle, Outer Planet Atmospheres

June 29 — Human-Caused Global Warming

Week 5: Extrasolar Planets, Life, and Interstellar Travel

July 2 — Exoplanets

July 3 — ET Life