Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 6578: Planet Formation & Evolution

Credit Hours4
Cross-listed with

EAS 5780


Familiarity with elementary physics and math or permission of instructor.

Typically OfferedSpring

Survey of chemical and physical processes important to the origin and evolution of planetary systems. The first part of the course will cover the formation of planets including the astronomical context, nucleosynthesis, meteoritics, condensation sequence, accretion, dynamical evolution, and observational constraints (disks, exoplanets, major planets, satellites, and small bodies). The second part of the course will cover planetary internal structure and evolution including melting, differentiation, core formation, convection, thermal evolution, and magnetic fields.