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Solar SystemsChemistryGeologyAstrobiology

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 1)

3 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 133 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
Lecture 1.01: Early views of Mars11m
Lecture 1.02: Mars has canals!13m
Lecture 1.03: Taking the temperature of Mars19m
Lecture 1.04: Mars DOES have water (in the atmosphere)! 10m
Lecture 1.05: Heating and composition of the polar caps18m
Lecture 1.06: Let's fly to Mars 9m
Lecture 1.07: The first missions to Mars 7m
Lecture 1.08: Water on earth 9m
Lecture 1.09: Mariner 9 -- Mars had FLOWING water!17m
Lecture 1.10: Viking and the start of modern Martian science6m
1 reading
Note on the next lecture10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 112m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 2)

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 142 min)
10 videos
Lecture 1.12: Outflow channels15m
Lecture 1.13:Valley Networks9m
Lecture 1.14: Climate cycles on Mars 16m
Lecture 1.15: Was early Mars warmer and wetter? 18m
Lecture 1.16: Atmospheric escape14m
Lecture 1.17 Martian topography15m
Lecture 1.18: Gamma ray spectroscopy and subsurface water14m
Lecture 1.19: Glaciers on Mars!10m
Lecture 1.20 Origin of low latitude ice 11m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 220m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 3)

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 141 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
Lecture 1.22: Thermal spectroscopy and mineral identification14m
Lecture 1.23: Geology from the Opportunity rover 15m
Lecture 1.24: Geochemistry from the Opportunity rover 10m
Lecture 1.25: Introduction to guest lecturers 7m
Lecture 1.26: Mineralogy on Mars, Part 1 10m
Lecture 1.27: Mineralogy on Mars, Part 2 17m
Lecture 1.28: Results from the Curiosity Rover, Part 1 12m
lecture 1.29: Results from the Curiosity Rover, Part 2 18m
Lecture 1.30: Where was the water on Mars?16m
1 reading
Note on the next lectures10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 328m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Unit 2: The insides of giant planets (week 1)

2 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 114 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
Lecture 2.02: Measuring density 14m
Lecture 2.03: Using density 7m
Lecture 2.04: Hydrostatic equilibrium 14m
Lecture 2.05: Hydrogen equation of state 12m
Lecture 2.06: Heat transport14m
Lecture 2.07: Theoretical internal structure 9m
Lecture 2.08: A core from gravity?6m
Lecture 2.09: Magnetic fields11m
Lecture 2.10: The upper atmosphere and the Galileo probe 7m
Lecture 2.11: Picture models 7m
1 reading
Note on the next section10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 416m

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