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