Spring 2017 Class Notes


All files are in Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt) or Word (.doc) format unless otherwise indicated

Email Prof. Nimmo (fnimmo@es.ucsc.edu) if you have problems accessing them


·        Course Syllabus                                           


Timing/Location: Tu/Th from 1:30 to 3:05 in E&MS D258


Office hoursTu/Th 3:05-4:05 in E&MS A219 (or by appointment)


Discussion Sections:  Mon 3:00-4:00 and Weds 12:30-1:30 in E&MS A101 (Nick Zube, nzube@ucsc.edu)


Nick’s office hours: Weds 3:00-4:00 in E&MS A101


Course Goals: To provide students with an opportunity to synthesize their knowledge across different planetary science disciplines by presenting a written and oral report on a cross-cutting topic. This year’s topic is Planetary Volcanism.


Report Topics: see list


Course Outline: see below


Textbook: Not required, although Lopes & Gregg, Volcanic Worlds, Springer-Praxis, 2010 is on reserve.


          Approximate Grading Scheme:

25% Outline report (due week 4)

20% Final oral presentation (week 10)

55% Final written report (week 10)



EART160 is a prerequisite, and EART111 or MATH22.


In writing a review paper it is especially important to avoid plagiarism. I expect the reports to be written in the students’ own words; any duplication of more than 50% of a sentence appearing in a published abstract or paper should be identified via quote marks and appropriately referenced.



If you qualify for classroom accommodations because of a disability, please get an Accommodation Authorization from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and submit it to me in person outside of class (e.g. office hour) within the first two weeks of the quarter. Contact DRC at (831) 459-2089.


          Course Outline


Week 1 (April 3): Introduction & report topics; reading a paper

          Powerpoint slides (PDF). More slides (PDF).

          Redacted paper for homework.

          Useful advice on reading a paper (1 2 3)


Week 2 (April 10): Interiors part 1 (PDF); writing a paper

          Example analysis of topic paper (PDF)

          Useful advice on writing a review paper (1 2 3)


Week 3 (April 17): Interiors part 2 (PDF); oral presentations of topic paper

          Writing an introduction (PDF)


Weeks 4-5 (April 24): Surfaces part 1 (PDF); writing a review paper

          Surfaces part 2 (PDF)

          Example full outline


Week 6 (May 8): Atmospheres (PDF); feedback on outline


Week 7 (May 15): Applications of Earth-based approaches (PDF)


Week 8 (May 22): Atmospheres (2); when things go wrong


Week 9 (May 29): NO CLASS (report writing)


Week 10 (June 5): Cryovolcanism

                   Jeff Moore’s Titan and Pluto papers