Formation of the Solar System (CCU)
- Identify at least two dynamic and two chemical properties of the solar system that any model of origin must explain. Describe briefly the chemical condensation model.
- Describe the concepts of angular momentum and the conservation of angular momentum. Know how this relates to accretion disks.
- Describe the role of accretion in the formation and initial heating of the planets and the role of impacts in the subsequent intense bombardment early in the solar system’s life.
- Describe the process of cratering of planetary surfaces and tell how craters can be used to infer the relative ages of the surfaces.
- Present the unique characteristics of Pluto that make it neither a Jovian nor a terrestrial planet.
The Evolution of the Solar System
- Accretion disk
- Condensation theory
- Early bombardment
Solar System Remnants: Asteroids, Meteors, Comets, Asteroid Belt, Kuiper Belt, Oort Cloud
Online Homework – Formation of the Solar System