All effects of Nature are only mathematical consequences of a small number of immutable laws.
- P. S. Laplace
This class is part of the planetary science core curriculum and broadly covers aspects of astrophysical disk theory, planet formation theory, and early solar system evolution.
Professors: Konstantin Batygin & Heather Knutson
Required Text: Astrophysics of Planet Formation (2010) by P. Armitage
next offered: spring 2019
This elective class presents a rigorous account of orbital dynamics of planetary systems, Hamiltonian perturbation theory, as well as aspects of chaos theory and tidal theory.
Professor: Konstantin Batygin
Required Text: Solar System Dynamics (1999) by C. Murray & S. Dermott and
Modern Celestial Mechanics: (2002) by A. Morbidelli (pdf here)
next offered: 2020
GE/AY 198 - Extrasolar Planets
This elective seminar-style class presents an overview of the current state-of-the-art in exoplanet detection methods, observations, and their theoretical interpretations.
Professor: Konstantin Batygin, Dimitri Mawet, Lynne Hillenbrand, Andrew Howard
Required Text: Exoplanets (2010) ed. by S. Seager
next offered: spring 2018