Introduction to Space Physics

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Course No: PHYS.5550; Last Offered: No Data;

Course Description

The course introduces the present knowlege of space phenomena and the physical understanding of the plasma environment from the sun to the earth's ionosphere and in the heliosphere. Regions in space to be discussed include the solar surface, solar wind, bow shock, magnetosheath, magnetosphere, magnetotail, radiation belts, ring currents, and the ionosphere. Among space plasma physic theories, single particle theory, kinetic theory, and magnetohydrodynamics, which describe charged particle motion in electromagnetic fields and its consequences, are introduced and applied to the space environment.

Prerequisites & Notes

  • Prerequisites: MATH 2310,234,354 or 554 pre-
  • Special Notes:
  • Credits: 3;

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