95.555 Introduction to Space Physics

Introduction to Space Physics

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33625
Status Active

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.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 92.231 Calculus III, 92.234 Differential Equations, 95.354 or 95.554 Electromagnetism II.