Curious About The Solar System? Learn About It With This Online Course

By Anusha

Curious About The Solar System?


California Institute of Technology is offering an online course called, "The Science of the Solar System". This 9-week-long course will commence from 31st March, 2014.

About the course:

This course is a scientific exploration of our solar system. You will learn both what we know about the solar system around us, but also how we have been using the tools of science to learn the things that we know. You will get to use some of the tools yourself.

Unlike typical solar system classes, which plod from one planet to the next, the course will focus our examination of the solar system on four main topics:

(1) Where is there water on Mars?

(2) What is inside of a giant planet?

(3) How can we use the smallest bodies in the solar system to answer the biggest questions?

(4) Where might we look for life?

To answer these questions you will learn about details of atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, planetary interiors and magnetism, the geological history of planets, spacecraft exploration, telescopic observations of planets around other stars, spectroscopic determinations of composition, biochemistry of water- and non-water based life, and many more. In short, you will learn about the whole solar system and about planets in other systems besides ours.

Mike Brown will be the course instructor.

The course will have a workload of 5-7 hours of work / week

It will be taught in English and the subtitles will be available in English

Click here for further details and to register

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