Comparative Planetology: Course Modules

The majority of this course comprises seven two-week modules:

Module 1: Perspectives

In this module, we develop an overview of Comparative Planetology, including the formation of our Solar System, a catalog of its known worlds, and the National Science Education Standards.

Module 2: How We Know What We Know

During this module, we examine models, theories, observations, and experiments that contribute to the existing understanding of our Solar System.

Module 3: Orbits and Systems

For this module we look at the patterns found within the systems and orbits of our Solar System.

Module 4: Solid Surfaces of the Terrestrial Worlds

In this module, we examine the features and processes that characterize the surfaces of solid worlds.

Module 5: Interiors & More

During this module, we examine the relationship between the surfaces and interiors of solid worlds.

Module 6: Atmospheres and Fluids

Liquids and gases are the focus of this module as we study atmospheres, Jovian planets and energy transfer.

Module 7: Synthesis

In the final module, course participants are expected to develop and implement a Comparative Planetology Lesson Plan.

Each 2-week module includes required readings, participation in class and team discussions, demonstration of comprehension by answering study questions, solving problems, and completion of individual and team activities. Detailed requirements for each module are provided in the relevant module's guide.

Modules listed above are linked to corresponding guide for each.


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