12.400 The Solar System


Class Info

Introduction to the study of the solar system with emphasis on the latest spacecraft results. 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.

This class has no prerequisites.

12.400 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by R. P. Binzel.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the The Solar System site or on the 12.400 Stellar site.

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