SPACE 574 - Introduction to Space Physics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Space Science & Engineering (SPACE)
Department: CoE Climate and Space
4 (Non-LSA credit).
Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
Seniors and above.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The course is designed to give a wide-ranging introduction to the physics of the space environment, with a mixture of theory and phenomenological description. It deals with the atmospheres and magnetic fields of the Sun and Earth, as well as the low density plasma filling the interplanetary space, the magnetosphere and ionosphere. It is important to get a good feel for the orders of magnitudes of physical quantities, and to understand why things in the space environment work as they do.

Differential calculus, vector analysis, and some basic knowledge of differential equations are needed. Since nearly all the matter in the space environment is in the form of plasma (ionized gas), basic understanding of how plasmas behave will be developed during the course.

Textbook: Gombosi, Physics of the Space Environment, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998

SPACE 574 - Introduction to Space Physics
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:30PM - 3:30PM
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