Planetary Systems and Extrasolar Planets (NS 222)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences(NS)
6/5 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.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 3

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 2

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 2

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 4

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 3

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 2

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 2

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 2

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 2

1. Comprehend key concepts in biology and physiology, with emphasis on molecular genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology as well as advanced mathematics and statistics. 1

2. Develop conceptual background for interfacing of biology with engineering for a professional awareness of contemporary biological research questions and the experimental and theoretical methods used to address them. 2

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 2

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 1

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 2


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 35
Assignment 25