and the properties of
We look into what the planets can tell us about potential terrestrial catastrophies, including
We also study the origin and evolution of planetary systems, and the advantages of remote sensing from spacecraft at radio, infrared, light, and ultraviolet wavelengths. The U.S., Russian, European, and Japanese space programs and their comparative engineering and scientific aspects are discussed.
Prerequisite: One year of college engineering, mathematics, or physics.
3 units, Spring (Fraser-Smith), Monday/Wednesday/Friday 2:15--3:05 pm
Voyages to the Planets, by A. Fraknoi, D. Morrison, and S. Wolff, 3rd Edition, Thomson Learning, 2004.
EE106 was last presented in 2009. A copy of the course description and class schedule for Spring 2008 is available in Adobe portable document format (pdf); there was no significant difference in the course materials for 2009.
There are a number of interesting Web pages that describe our solar system in some detail and which have high quality pictures. For example:
Sadly, light pollution is increasingly destroying our ability to view the stars and thus provide the inspiration for studying astronomy. On a professional level, it is also marginalizing the observations that can be made by many famous telescopes around the world. For a discussion of this light pollution, see