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Layout, Formation and Dating of the Solar System - Chapter Summary
Use this chapter's lessons to brush up on theories on the creation of the solar system and when this event occurred. Our instructors will teach you about planetisimals and protoplanets.
You'll review the characteristics of our solar system's planets and look at their patterns of motion.
Another lesson explores theoretical and actual temperature in the solar system. After you've watched all these lessons, you should be aware of:
- The solar nebula theory
- Age of the solar system
- Condensation sequences and the formation of the planets
- Growth of protoplanets
- The Jovian problem
- Characteristics of our solar system's planets
- The solar nebula theory
- Theoretical vs. actual temperature in the solar system
Our instructors have developed engaging lessons that get their points across in just a few minutes. You can watch on a computer or mobile device as your schedule permits. After finishing each lesson, test your knowledge with a multiple-choice quiz.
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.
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