301F07RevExam3 - AST 301 Fall 2007 Review for Exam 3 This...

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AST 301 Fall 2007 Review for Exam 3 This exam covers only chapters 6 and 15, the solar system and its formation, NOT chapter 16 (the Sun), which we don’t have time to cover in class and so will postpone. Suggested end-of-chapter and online questions were sent to you by email and are available at the class website. Chapter 6 : There are a few basic things like being able to name the planets in order of distance from the Sun, listing (in clear language) the regularities concerning planetary orbits and rotations, as well as the exceptions. I think a good preparation would be to pretend you are giving some friends a verbal tour of the solar system. Tell them as much as you can about the two classes of planets (be specific—e.g. what properties are different? And explain any “technical” terms!). Tell whatever you know about each planet, the nature of asteroids, comets, meteors,… and how they probably got to be where they are (e.g. did you remember to tell your visitor that most comets spend most of their time very far from the sun? Make sure you imagine being asked why this is so and how we know it—can you give a reasonable answer? Did you mention the “Oort cloud?”) Remember that you don’t have to know anything about the various space missions discussed in this chapter. Chapter 15
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course AST 301 taught by Professor Harvey during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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301F07RevExam3 - AST 301 Fall 2007 Review for Exam 3 This...

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