Planetary Systems and Extrasolar Planets (NS 222)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences(NS)
6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ersin Göğüş,
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Formal lecture
Learner centered,Communicative,Simulation
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The objective of this course is to introduce general principles of planet formation, dynamics of the solar system and recent scientific progress in extra-solar planet search. The course material will be covered in three modules: 1) Formation of planetary systems: general properties of a planetary system, protoplenetary disks, formation of the central star, formation and growth of planetesimals, evolution of planetary systems. 2) The solar system: general and dynamical properties of our solar system, fundamental characteristics of the major members; the Sun, eight planets and dwarf planets. 3) Extrasolar planets: a short history of their discovery, detection techniques and observational biases, their physical properties, their implications and future prospects, formation of life forms on a distant planet.


My main objective in this course is to give students a better understanding of the origin of our planetary system.


acquire fundamental understanding of the origin of our solar system, and the planet we live on.
learn the differences in physical conditions on other planets.
gain deep knowledge on the frontiers of current exoplanetary studies.
appreciate the importance of the perfect balance on Earth for life.


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 35
Assignment 25