of recent planetary science research and how they apply toteaching and learning of Earth and space science concepts inclass discussions and to an 80% level in written post journals.
Demonstrate an awareness of how new discoveries drivechanges in scientific understanding in responses on applicablequiz questions to within 80% of possible points in the rubric.
Design a final project that demonstrates the ability tosynthesize and apply course content in the creation of a newapplication or teaching resource to at least 80% of possiblepoints in the project rubric.
Required Texts &Materials
The New Solar System
edition (1999 publication date). Themass-market paperback version of this book is acceptable but isno longer in print. A more expensive textbook version remains inprint. Chapter reading assignments will be made from this textstarting the 2
week of class.
The Essential Earth, 1
(2008), is a reference book wewill be using heavily in class and is available in multiple formats.
A scientific calculator will be useful in most, if not all classmeetings. Please bring yours to each class session.
Access to a computer and the Internet outside of class, includingeLearning Access.
RecommendedSupplemental Texts,Readings, & Materials
Dictionary of Geological Terms
or equivalent. An excellent but more mathematically oriented text is
Moons and Planets
,by William Hartmann. Because this is only a suggested supplementarytext, either the 4
edition will be acceptable. This book may not beused in addition to, but not substituted for, the required texts. A heavily physics-based text is
Edition (2010) byImke de Pater and Jack J. Lissauer, from Cambridge University Press. A more geologically based text is
The Earth in Context
(2001) by DavidM. Hartland from Springer-Praxis Books. Planetary science is a very dynamic field. Our primary book, whileexcellent, is dated. Additional readings will be handed out in class and/or posted on eLearning.
Assignments & Academic Calendar
[Topics, Reading Assignments, Due Dates, Exam Dates]
Scale in the Solar System: Why it Matters
Begin Tour of Planets with online resources.
Assigned Reading: Handed out in class
University Holiday: No Class
2. Earth as a Planet:
Earth systems: solid Earth, atmosphere, water, and life
Assigned Reading: Ch.9 Planet Earth