Physics - Exploring the Solar System

University College Dublin


Course Name Physics - Exploring the Solar System
Course Provider University College Dublin
Course Code PHYC20040
Course Type Lifelong Learning
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Attendance Options Part time
Location (Districts) Belfield
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1. Start your online pre-registration
2. Complete your pre-registration & select either audit or credit
3. You’ll be given a registration time to select your modules 4. Select your modules
5. Pay fees
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Course Fee Fees 2019-20

Audit €350 per module (interest only).
Credit €500 per module (including assessment).

Fee payment
Open Learning fees can be paid online, through your SISWeb account after you’ve selected your modules. Students choosing credit modules will pay €500 per module and €350 for audit modules.
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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Learning Requirements:
First year core Physics modules.

Learning Recommendations:
First year astronomy module - PHYC10050

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Introduction to Solar System (PHYC27040)
Financial Support

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Course Content

Expand+Spring 2020: Semester 2

PHYC20040 Exploring the Solar System
Academic Year 2019/2020

The physical properties of the solar system and its contents, along with the orbital dynamics necessary for solar system exploration by manned and unmanned sp...

Subjects Taught

Expand+Indicative Module Content:
Introduction to Space
Introduction to orbital mechanics
The two body problem
Orbital elements and satellite ground tracks
Hohmann transfers and the patch conic approximation
Gravity assist and perturbations

Number of Credits 5
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