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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a formation of the solar system unit of a standard intro to astronomy course. Topics covered include:
- Solar nebula theory
- Condensation sequences and planetary formation
- Growth of protoplanets
- The layout of the solar system
- Gravity and the solar system
1. Solar System Overview
This lesson will go over the major aspects of our solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids.
2. The Solar Nebula Theory: Formation of the Solar System
This lesson will go over the theory that explains how the solar system formed, what theory had once competed with it, and what important implication this theory carries.
3. What is the Age of the Solar System?
This lesson will tell you how old our solar system is and how we know that's the case thanks to radioactive decay, isotopes, half-life, and the solar nebula.
4. The Condensation Sequences & Planetary Formation
In this lesson, you'll learn why the planets have different densities despite being formed from the same solar nebula. We'll cover condensation, uncompressed densities, the ice line, and the condensation sequence.
5. What Are Planetesimals?
This lesson will define what planetesimals are, how they relate to the solar nebula and protoplanets, and how they interacted with one another to eventually help form the planets in our solar system.
6. How Do Protoplanets Grow?
This lesson will teach you about protoplanets, how they formed, and most importantly, how their formation resulted in the planets we see today. We'll also cover outgassing, gravitational collapse, heat of formation, differentiation, and more!
7. What Is the Jovian Problem?
This lesson goes over the two ways the Jovian planets may have formed, called the core accretion model and disk instability model, as well as the Jovian problem and which model solves it.
8. Major Characteristics of Planets in the Solar System
This lesson will go over some characteristics of the planets in our solar system with respect to their masses, diameters, temperatures, densities, and rotation.
9. Solar Nebula Theory & Patterns of Planetary Motion
This lesson will tie together the solar nebula theory and the patterns of motions of the planets in our solar system and why Venus and Uranus are exceptions in the solar system.
10. Theoretical vs. Actual Temperature in our Solar System
This lesson will go over the predicted vs. observed temperature of major celestial bodies in our solar system, if there's a discrepancy between them, and why.
11. Albedo: Definition, Effect, Equation & Measurement
Albedo helps determine the temperature of the Earth and also affects the weather. In this lesson, learn about albedo, its effects on the climate and weather, and how to measure it.
12. Planetesimal: Definition, Theory & Hypothesis
Planetesimals are small rock fragments that combined together to eventually form planets. This lesson will discuss the theory behind planet formation and the importance of planetesimals. After the lesson, there will be a quiz to test your knowledge.
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