|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.
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ASTR155 AND ASTR211
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ASTR)(PSCI-MN)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
One textbook: EXOPLANETS, ed. Sara Seager, and several papers
|Examination and Assignments: |
Biweekly problem sets, as well as a research project will be assigned. There will be in-class exams and a final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
ASTR224 is for undergraduates only. ASTR524 is for graduate students only.
|Instructor(s): Redfield,Seth Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: VVO110; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 10||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 15||GRAD: 6||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: 0|