Study Plan

Learning Goals

By the conclusion of this chapter, you should be able to:
  1. Distinguish the giant planets from one another and from the terrestrial planets.
  2. Describe the atmosphere of each giant planet, and compare weather on giant planets to weather on Earth.
  3. Describe how gravitational energy turns into thermal energy and how that process affects the temperatures of the giant planets.
  4. Compare and contrast the interiors of the giant planets and explain why they are different.
  5. Describe the magnetospheres of each of the giant planets.

Prepare and Assess


    1. Planetary Formation Temperatures Plot
      Shows planet formation temperature as a function of distance from the Sun. Also indicates the state (gas or solid) of several substances at the given distance and temperature.
    2. Solar System Properties Explorer
      Allows one to explore a set of histograms for characteristics like number of satellites, mass, orbital period, etc., for the terrestrial and jovian planets, plus Pluto.

Reassess and Apply

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