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Earth and Planetary Science(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Basic Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Chemistry Fundamental and Applied Physics
Starts 1 : 3 Autumn Semester 3 Autumn Semester
Elective/Compulsory : Elective Elective
Lecturer : Marc HUMBLET A. Designated Associate Professor 

•Course Purpose
In this course students will learn about the characteristics of the planets and other components of our solar system (orbital parameters, atmospheric conditions, internal structure and composition, geomorphology, geological activity).
We will use the knowledge of our own planet Earth as a reference to understand processes occurring elsewhere.
During the past fifty years, various spacecrafts and exploration vehicles have been used to considerably expand our knowledge of the solar system and send back to Earth ever more detailed pictures of distant worlds. The course will review the different means of space exploration and use abundant data acquired by past and ongoing missions to illustrate the characteristics of the planets. A recurrent topic throughout the course will be the fascinating question of the existence of extraterrestrial life and its detection. We will also discuss the future of space exploration.

•Prerequisite Subjects
This course focuses on the geology of planets and moons, and therefore it is linked to Earth Science-related courses.

•Course Topics
1. A brief history of astronomy
2. Introduction to the Solar System
3. Space exploration
4. The Earth-Moon system
5. Mercury
6. Venus
7. Mars
8. Jupiter
9. Saturn
10. Uranus, Neptune, and TNOs

There is no required textbook for this course. Please refer to the recommended reading list below for interesting
books related to the course content.

•Additional Reading
Faure, G. & Mensing, T.M. (2007). Introduction to Planetary Science: The geological perspective. Springer, 546 pages.
Lang, K.R. (2011). The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System. 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 502 pages

•Grade Assessment
Two quizzes: 20% (10% each)
Two short reports: 20% (10% each)
Oral presentation: 15%
Written essay: 45%
Students who enrolled in 2020 will be graded using the six-step A+, A, B, C, C-, and F grade evaluation system (A+:
100-95%, A: 94-80%, B: 79-70%, C: 69-65%, C-: 64-60%, F: 59 % or less).
Students who enrolled in 2019 or before will be graded following the five-step S-A-B-C-F grade evaluation system (S:
90-100%, A: 80-89%, B: 70-79%, C:60-69%, F: 59-0%).


•Contacting Faculty
Phone: 052-789-3037 / E-mail:


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