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John Lacy

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Courses - Spr '09  |  Course Website

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Jan 21:

Ch 1

Introduction and overview

Jan 26:

Ch 2

Interiors of Terrestrial Planets

Feb 4:

Ch 3


Feb 13:

Ch 1-3

Exam #1

Feb 16:

Ch 4

Impacts and Weathering

Feb 25:

Ch 5

Atmospheres of Terrestrial Planets

Mar 13:

Ch 4-5

Exam #2

Mar 23:

Ch 6

Giant Planets

Apr 6:

Ch 7

Minor Bodies

Apr 17:

Ch 6-7

Exam #3

Apr 20:

Ch 8

Origin of the Solar System

Apr 29:

Ch 9


May 8:

Ch 8-9

Exam #4

May 18:

Ch 1-9

Optional final

Painter Hall telescope
There is a good telescope for viewing planets on top of Painter Hall. Go there at least once during the semester on a Friday or Saturday night. See

Viewing planets
Mercury will be in the west after sunset at the end of April.
Venus is easy to see in the west after sunset until mid-March. In April it is in the east before sunrise.
Jupiter will be seen best in the morning in April along with Venus. Mars may be visible then too.
Saturn rises in the east at about 10 PM at the beginning of the semester and rises earlier later in the semester. In April you should be able to see it with the Painter Hall telescope.

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