Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 6570: Physics of the Planets

Credit Hours4
Typically OfferedSpring or Fall

A graduate-level introduction to Planetary Science with an emphasis on the application of basic physical principles. Topics to be covered include: 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; reflected and thermal radiation; and the equilibrium structure and dynamics of planetary atmospheres.


Intended for graduate students and seniors in astronomy, physics, engineering and related fields. Numerous difficult problem sets, some involving numerical computation.