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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 1)

11 videos (Total 133 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
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
3 hours to complete

Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 2)

10 videos (Total 142 min), 1 quiz
10 videos
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
3 hours to complete

Unit 1: Water on Mars (week 3)

10 videos (Total 141 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
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
2 hours to complete

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

11 videos (Total 114 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
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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By PKMay 25th 2019

The lectures are engaging and replete with thought provoking material. Professor Brown's in depth knowledge of the field and his passion for planetary science aroused an everlasting curiosity.

By GNNov 29th 2017

Challenging. Amazing. Mind-Blowing.\n\nSpace enthusiasts should totally do this course. And yeah, did I say that Mike Brown is the coolest teacher ever. Never a dull moment in the lectures. :)

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Mike Brown

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Planetary Astronomy

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