Learn about the science behind the current exploration of the solar system in this free class. Use principles from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology to understand the latest from Mars, comprehend the outer solar system, ponder planets outside our solar system, and search for habitability in our neighborhood and beyond. This course is generally taught at an advanced level assuming a prior knowledge of undergraduate math and physics, but the majority of the concepts and lectures can be understood without these prerequisites. The quizzes and final exam are designed to make you think critically about the material you have learned rather than to simply make you memorize facts. The class is expected to be challenging but rewarding.
The Science of the Solar SystemCaltech
About this Course
Skills you will gain
- Solar Systems
Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 1)
Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 2)
Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 3)
Unit 2: The insides of giant planets (week 1)
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TOP REVIEWS FROM THE SCIENCE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Very interesting, filled in many gaps in my understanding of the science around all of the space missions. Everything was explained very clearly. A bit harder than I expected.
This was a fantastic course pitched at the right level. It was interesting and very informative and has sparked my desire to learn once again.
Excellent Course! Very informative and gives a brief overview of the history of the Solar System and some of the questions driving new and current missions. Thank you.
An excellent introduction to planetary science. There are parts that are difficult to follow for a non-scientist, but the general principles are very well explained by Mike.
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