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Planetary Physics

Official description

This course investigates the physical processes occurring in planets and moons. Specific topics will vary but will be related to:

- evolution of terrestrial objects (e.g. planets, moons)

-  planetary heat sources & thermal evolution (e.g. convection and its surface manifestations)

- effects of high temperature and pressure in planetary interiors (e.g., phase changes, stress-strain relationships)

- planetary structure and global shape (e.g. gravity, rotation, composition)

- regional effects on topography (e.g., lithospheric elasticity)

Research articles and a focus on numerical modelling studies will be used to illustrate recent advances in the field.

Knowledge of PDEs, vector calculus & Newtonian mechanics. No previous knowledge of Earth or planetary science required.
                            ['Geodynamics, by Donald Lawson Turcotte. Cambridge University Press, c2002.']
course title
specialized course
time and location
L F11 & F1; T: F2; Room MW160 (UTSC) Start date: Sep 10 Course URL: Cross-listed as PHYD26 at UTSC

Delivery Methods

In Person

A course is considered In Person if it requires attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities.*.

* Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.

Online - Synchronous
A course is considered Online Synchronous if online attendance is expected at a specific time for some or all course activities, and attendance at a specific location is not expected for any activities or exams.
A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.