GEO-AST4410 – Planetary Sciences
The course GEO-AST4410 will provide an introduction to the formation, constitution and evolution of planetary systems and planetary bodies. This also covers an introduction to the characteristics of planets and planetary bodies (structure, surface, atmospheres) and processes acting on, in and between them.
You will be introduced to a wide variety of physical, chemical, and geological processes that govern the motions and properties of planets:
- Ability to describe the structure and evolution of planetary systems (solar system and extra-solar systems), the distribution and properties of planets, minor planets, comets and meteorites.
- Master components of celestial mechanics, which describe the motion of bodies within the gravitational field of the central star.
- Understand processes acting in and on planetary atmospheres, considering implications of distance to the sun and composition.
- Understand the differences and similarities of surface evolutions on the various solid surface bodies and implications for the interior process as well as climate evolution.
- Master the fundamentals on the shapes and interior structure of planetary body in relation to meteorite composition, heat budget and gravitation, including the conditions when a magnetic field can be generated.
- Master to describe a given topic in a popular science article within the subject area.
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Recommended previous knowledge
- GEO1100 – Evolution of the Earth / AST1100 – Introduction to astrophysics (continued)
- 4th semesters courses within the "Geofysikk og klima" programme or “Generell/Programmeringsbasert Astronomi”
10 credits overlap with GEO-AST3410 – Planetary Sciences
3 hours lectures per week, and 3 hours mandatory seminar/practicals per week, over 12 weeks. Submission of a written assignment. The seminars/practicals/written assignment are compulsory and must be approved before sitting the written examination at the end.
Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.
- Compulsory seminars/practicals and a written assignment must be approved before sitting the final written examination.
- Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 100%.
Examination support material
Calkulator, Rottman: Collection of Mathematical Formulas
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.