Planetary Sciences Department -- Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
LPL Search

Classes

PtyS 503 Physics of the Solar System (3)
For a description of course topics, see PtyS 403. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a selected topic and an oral class presentation. This course does not count toward the major requirements in planetary sciences. P, PHYS 112a or PHYS 121. (Identical with ASTR 503 and GEOS 503) May be convened with 403.

PtyS 505A-B Principles of Planetary Physics (3-3)
Introductory physics of planetary and interplanetary fluids, plasmas, and solid bodies. Thermodynamics, kinetic theory, fluid dynamics, transport theory, rotational and solid response theory and oribtal mechanics, applied to solar-system objects.

Prerequisite: Classical and Quantum Mechanics at the level of Physics 151 and 242.

PtyS 507 Chemistry of the Solar System (3)
For a description of course topics see 407. Graduate level requirements include an original research paper or critical review. P, CHEM 104b, MATH 125b, PHYS 132, or their equivalents. May be convened with 407.

PtyS 510 Principles of Cosmochemistry (3)
Bulk composition of the solar system. Chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, phase equilibria. Application to the differentiation of rocky solar system bodies into metallic cores, silicas, mantles and crusts, oceans, and atmospheres. (Identical with GEOS 510)

PtyS 511 Geology of the Solar System(4)
For a description of course topics see 411. An advanced research project on some aspect of planetary geology is required for graduate-level credit. 3R, 3L. P, GEOS 101 or equivalent; Math 125 b. (Identical with GEOS 411/511) May be convened with 411.

PtyS 512 Planetary Global Tectonics (3)
Application of the physics of solid-state deformation to global tectonics of the terrestrial planets and icy moons of the solar system. Modes of topographic support, isostasy and implications for gravity/topography ratios on one-plate planets. Theory of floating elastic plates as an approximation to the lithosphere. Use of seismic data to determine interior structure and composition and modes of heat conduction in planets.

PtyS 516 Asteroids, Comets and Kuiper Belt Objects (3)
Temporary course: offered during Fall 2006 only.
This is an introduciton to the "minor planets," the asteroids, comets and Kuiper Belt objects. The focus will be on origin and evolution (inclding current evolution), as well as techniques of study. It will include an evening at the telescope of an asteroid search program. Graduate-level requirement includes some original work or calculations in the paper/project submitted and to research one of the primary topics and lead the class discussion of it. (May be convened with: PtyS 416.)

PtyS 517 Atmospheres and Remote Sensing (3)
Structure, composition, and evolution of atmospheres; atomic and molecular Spectroscopy; radiative transfer and spectral line formation.

PtyS 520 Meteorites (3)
Classification; chemical, mineralogical and isotopic composition; cosmic abundances; ages; interaction with solar and cosmic radiation; relation to comets and asteroids. P, 510. (Identical with GEOS 520)

PtyS 523 Statistical Mechanical Problems in the Space Sciences (3)
Foundations of statistical mechanics; fluctuations, noise and irreversible thermodynamics; applications of statistical mechanics in astrophysical and planetary environments. P, 505a- 505b-505c. (Identical with ASTR 523)

PtyS 530 Chemical Evolution of the Earth (3)
(Identical with GEOS 530)

PtyS 541a-541b Dynamic Meteorology (3-3)
(Identical with ATMO 541a-541b) May be convened with 441a-441b.

PtyS 544 Physics of High Atmospheres (3)
Physical properties of upper atmospheres, including gaseous composition, temperature and density, ozonosphere, and ionospheres, with emphasis on chemical transformations and eddy transport. (Identical with ATMO 544)

PtyS 545 Stellar Atmospheres (3)
(Identical with ASTR 545)

PtyS 549 Image Processing for Scientific Discovery(3)
Image processing as a tool for exploration, discovery, and anlysis in a wide range of subjects. Suitable for both science and non-science majors, as well as pre-service and in-Service science, mathematics, and technology teachers.

PtyS 553 Solar System Dynamics (3)
Dynamical processes affecting the orbital evolution of planets, asteroids, and satellites, and the rotational evolution of solid bodies. Emphasizes modern nonlinear dynamics and chaos. P, MATH 254, PHYS 410, 412 and/or consult with department before enrolling. (Identical with ASTR 553)

PtyS 554 Evolution of Planetary Surfaces (3)
The geologic processes and evolution of terrestrial planet and satellite surfaces including the Galilean and Saturnian and Uranian satellites. Course includes one or two field trips to Meteor Crater or other locales. (Identical with GEOS 554)

PtyS 555 Remote Sensing of Planetary Surfaces (3)
Exploration of planetary surfaces, including that of the Earth, with remote sensing. Emphasis on compositional determination using visible and infrared methods. Basic principles, image and spectroscopic analysis techniques, and case studies in planetary remote sensing. (Identical with ASTR 555 and GEOS 555)

556a-556b Electrodynamics of Conducting Fluids and Plasmas (3-3)
Plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics. 556a: Introduction; discussion of the sun, solar wind, magnetosphere, cosmic rays. 556b: Interstellar gas, galaxies, dynamos, pulsars. P, PHYS 410, 415a-415b. (Identical with ASTR 556a-556b and PHYS 556a-556b)

PtyS 565 The Outer Solar System (3)
Atmospheric composition, structure and global circulation. Physical properties and dynamics of ring systems. Evolution of satellite surfaces. Occultation technique for studying rings, surfaces, and atmospheres.

PtyS 567 Inverse Problems in Geophysics (3)
(Identical with GEOS 567)

PtyS 571 Terrestrial Planets (3)
Geophysical andgeochemical techniques used to deduce composition and evolution of terrestrial planets. Topics include the Earth, Moon, Mars, Venus, and meteorites. (Identical with GEOS 571)

PtyS 582 High Energy Astrophysics (3)
(Identical with ASTR 582)

PtyS 583 Thermodynamics in Geosciences (3)
(Identical with GEOS 583)

PtyS 589 Topics in Theoretical Astrophysics (3) [Rpt.]
(Identical with PHYS 589)

PtyS 594a Planetary Geology Field Practicum (1) [Rpt./3]
3- or 4-day field trip to area of geologic interest.

PtyS 596 Seminar

PtyS 656A Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing
Theory of atmospheric radiative transfer processes; specific methods for solving the relevant equations; applications to problems in radiative transfer; theoretical basis for remote sensing from the ground and from space; solutions to the "inverse" problem.

Back to the Graduate Program pages

Back to the PtyS/LPL Home Page

University of Arizona Home Page University of Arizona
Lunar & Planetary Lab | 1629 E. University Blvd. | Tucson, AZ 85721-0092
Please direct website comments and concerns to the webmaster