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Study course:M.Sc. Physics of Earth and Atmosphere
TitleGeophysics of the solar system (Geophysik des Sonnensystems)
Module NumberWorkload CP DurationSemester
MN-GM-SOSYS180 h61 Semester WT
Person in Charge J. Saur
Offering DepartmentInstitute of Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne
Applicability Course of StudyCategory Semester
M.Sc. Physics of Earth and Atmosphere Compulsory for main focus geophysics 1
Aims Students will get an overview of the planetary bodies in our solar system, their geophysical properties and interactions.
SkillsMathematical/geophysical tools to describe: global properties of planetary bodies, dynamical evolution of planetary bodies
Content• Structure/Overview of the solar system
• Formation of the solar system
• Dynamics of the solar system:
• Point masses and Kepler's laws
• n-body problem
• Dynamics on finite rigid bodies (e. g. precession and nutation)
• Dynamics of non-rigid bodies (tidal interactions)
• Internal structure of the planets
• Planetary atmospheres
• Planetary magnetic fields, their space plasma environments including aurorae
• The sun
• Minor bodies: Comets, asteroids, ...
• Extra-solar solar planets
Prerequisites Basic knowledges in: Classical mechanics, ordinary differential equations, Laplace equation in spherical coordinates.
Lectures Form, Theme Max. of Participants h/weekworkloadCP










ExaminationsForm of testing and examination Graded or not
Written examinationGraded
Requirements Successful participation in the exercises

Not graded

Miscellaneous Recommended Literature:

Beatty et al., The New Solar System, Sky Publishing Corporation and Cambridge University Press.

Advanced Literature: Baumjohann und Treumann, Basic Space Plasma Physics, Imperial College Press.