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Exoplanets: Formation, Detection, and Characterization

ASTR 224
Spring 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ASTR 524
Course Cluster: Planetary Science, Planetary Science

Our ability to place the earth into a cosmic context dramatically improved in the last decades with the discovery of planets around other stars (exoplanets). The study of exoplanets has quickly become a dominant field in astronomy. This course will focus on the fundamentals of exoplanet formation, detection, and characterization (interiors and atmospheres) based on astronomical observables. We will also discuss the assessment of habitability for Earth-like exoplanets and the prospects for the detection of biosignatures.

Essential Capabilities: Quantitative Reasoning, Writing
Students will explore mathematical and physical models of the formation, detection, and characterization of exoplanets. Paper assignments will help students develop technical writing skills.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM ASTR
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ASTR155 AND ASTR211
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-18-2014
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