GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
Last update January 2018. This information is subject to
change. The official syllabus distributed in class
supersedes the information on this page.
COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE
||The Solar System
||Dr. Peter Shull
||One or two
PREREQUISITES AND SUPPORT COURSES
None, but students
should be comfortable with the HS math and science required for
admission to OSU.
Survey of current
knowledge about the Solar System and its contents.
BRIEF COURSE OUTLINE
The Sun, planets,
moons, asteroids, meteoroids, and comets; formation and future of
the Solar System; interplanetary travel, colonizing and
terraforming Mars, and the search for extraterrestrial life.
STYLE/MODE OF TEACHING
Two weekly lectures,
and one weekly computer project (done independently; allow about
two hours of your own choosing per week).
EXAMS AND MAJOR
Three exams and one
Optional sky viewings
at OSU's observatory and elsewhere.
Semester grade is based
on the exams (75%) and projects (25%).
POLICY ON ATTENDANCE
TEXT MATERIALS (see syllabus for
Astronomy, FREE downloadable textbook, by
OpenStax. Also used for ASTR 1023.
Universe with Voyager 4,
3rd edition, by B. Monson and P. Shull. Also used for ASTR
DROP AND ADD POLICY
ASTR 1013 is offered
every Fall, and ASTR 1023 (Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe)