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Government loans available:
- Domestic student fee:
- $1,600.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
- $1,825.00 (AUD)
This unit will provide students with a detailed understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of planetary science - combining astronomy, geology, chemistry, and atmospheric science. It will investigate the origins and evolution of our Solar System, the terrestrial and giant planets, planetary atmospheres and surface phenomena.
You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- appreciate that planetary science is an interdisciplinary field involving astronomy, physics, chemistry and geology
- understand planetary orbits and the nature of gravity in shaping our Solar System
- understand planetary atmospheres, surfaces and interiors and specifically what they can teach us about planet formation
- research an astronomy topic in depth, using dependable sources of astronomical information on the internet and refereed journal articles.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of planetary science|
|2||Orbital dynamics: 2, 3 and N-body problems; perturbations and resonances; tides; dissipative forces|
|3||Solar heating and radiative equilibrium|
|4||Planetary atmospheres: thermal structure, composition, meteorology, photochemistry, escape|
|5||Planetary surfaces: morphology, mineralogy, cratering|
|6||Planetary interiors: modelling internal structure, terrestrials and giants|
|7||Magnetospheres: dipole magnetic fields, plasma, planetary magnetospheres|
|8||Debris: meteorites, asteroids, comets and planetary rings|
|9||Planet formation and the origin of the Solar System|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.
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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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