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Building Earth-like Planets: From Nebular Gas to Ocean Worlds, Fall 2008
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" This course covers examination of the state of knowledge of planetary ...

" This course covers examination of the state of knowledge of planetary formation, beginning with planetary nebulas and continuing through accretion (from gas, to dust, to planetesimals, to planetary embryos, to planets). It also includes processes of planetary differentiation, crust formation, atmospheric degassing, and surface water condensation. This course has integrated discussions of compositional and physical processes, based upon observations from our solar system and from exoplanets. Focus on terrestrial (rocky and metallic) planets, though more volatile-rich bodies are also examined."

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Astronomy
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M.I.T.
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Elkins-Tanton, Lindy
Physics and Chemistry of the Terrestrial Planets, Fall 2008
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"This course introduces the structure, composition, and physical processes governing the terrestrial ...

"This course introduces the structure, composition, and physical processes governing the terrestrial planets, including their formation and basic orbital properties. Topics include plate tectonics, earthquakes, seismic waves, rheology, impact cratering, gravity and magnetic fields, heat flux, thermal structure, mantle convection, deep interiors, planetary magnetism, and core dynamics. Suitable for majors and non-majors seeking general background in geophysics and planetary structure."

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Chemistry
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M.I.T.
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Royden, Leigh
Weiss, Benjamin
The Solar System, Spring 2006
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This is an introduction to the study of the solar system with ...

This is an introduction to the study of the solar system with emphasis on the latest spacecraft results. The subject covers basic principles rather than detailed mathematical and physical models. Topics include: an overview of the solar system, planetary orbits, rings, planetary formation, meteorites, asteroids, comets, planetary surfaces and cratering, planetary interiors, planetary atmospheres, and life in the solar system.

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Astronomy
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Binzel, Richard