Origin of Planetary Systems

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Space & Planetary Science

We will discuss the fundamental concepts pertinent to the evolution of planets and planetary systems.  We will cover topics to include (but not limited to): physics and chemistry of protoplanetary disks, planet formation, planetary system architecture, physics and chemistry of planetary differentiation, the meteorite record, asteroids, comets, Kuiper Belt and Oort cloud objects, and the early evolution of habitable planets.  We will draw on evidence from our own solar system and consider these processes in the light of new observations of exoplanets and other star systems.  An independent research component will be included.