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Principles of Planetary Physics (3)
PTYS Graduate Core Course. Introductory physics of planetary and interplanetary fluids, plasmas, and solid bodies. Thermodynamics, kinetic theory, fluid dynamics, transport theory, rotational and solid response theory and orbital mechanics, applied to solar-system objects. Students will be expected to be familiar with vector calculus and ordinary and partial differential equations. In addition, students will be expected to know, or learn, a programming language such as C, Fortran, IDL or MATLAB.
Science Policy: An Insider's Game Revealed, or, Learning to Love Science Lobbying (1)
Looking at how Washington works from outside the beltway makes it look like a confused, contentious mess, but there is an underlying order and process involved. As government policy impacts so much of our daily lives, it is important to know how to impact the process. This is increasingly true for scientists and science more generally. The government provides funding for research, sets priorities for research activities, utilizes scientific research to establish policies (or ignores science when setting policies) and ultimately plays a significant role in the growth of human knowledge. The US remains the largest funder of research among all countries, but others are rapidly increasing their investments in research, while the US is stagnating or decreasing its investments. Only by understanding the process, knowing who has power and knowing how to have an impact can scientists make a difference. Through lectures, guest speakers and discussion this once-a-week course will provide students of science, scientists, supporters of science and those interested in science policy a substantial introduction to the world of science policy and provide the knowledge necessary to influence and participate in the process. The instructor, Dr. Kevin B. Marvel, has more than 16 years of experience working in this interesting area and currently serves as the Executive Officer of the American Astronomical Society. The course will focus on many different areas of science and science policy, not just astronomy and the physical sciences. This course is co-convened with ASTR 408 and ASTR/PHYS 508. ASTR is home department.
Asteroids, Comets and Kuiper Belt Objects (3)
This is an introduction to the "minor planets," the asteroids, comets and Kuiper Belt objects. The focus will be on origin and evolution (including current evolution), as well as techniques of study. It will include an evening at the telescope of an asteroid search program. Graduate-level requirement includes some original work or calculations in the paper/project submitted and to research one of the primary topics and lead the class discussion of it. May be co-convened with PTYS 416.
Course page: PTYS 516 (001) Malhotra is D2L
The Physics of the Sun (3)
The purpose of this course is to present an introduction to the physics of the Sun. Topics will include the physics of solar magnetic fields, solar interior and helioseismology, radiative transfer, solar wind, and solar-energetic particles. This course will introduce the equations of magnetohydrodynamics and apply them to important solar-physics problems. Examples include: the solar dynamo, the physics of sunspots and flares, origin of the solar wind, and the structure of the solar atmosphere. The emphasis throughout will be on basic physical processes and the various approximations used in their application to realistic and relevant problems. Identical to ASTR/ATMO/PHYS 537. PTYS is home department.
SECTION CANCELED for Fall 2013
Dynamic Meteorology (3)
Thermodynamics and its application to planetary atmospheres, hydrostatics, fundamental concepts and laws of dynamic meteorology. Identical to ATMO 541A. ATMO is home department.
Astrophysics of Stars and Accretion (4)
Equations of hydrodynamics; hydrodynamic equilibrium; polytropes; waves, and instabilities; convection and turbulence; radiative transfer; stellar atmospheres; stellar winds; nuclear reactions; stellar structure; helioseismology; stellar evolution; supernovae; white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes; magnetohydrodynamics; accretion flows. Identical to: ASTR 545; ASTR is home department. Usually offered: Fall.
Origin of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems (3)
This course will review the physical processes related to the formation and evolution of the protosolar nebula and of protoplanetary disks. In doing that, we will discuss the main stages of planet formation and how different disk conditions impact planetary architectures and planet properties. We will confront the theories of disk evolution and planet formation with observations of circumstellar disks, exoplanets, and the planets and minor bodies in our Solar System. This course is cross-listed with ASTR 550 and may be co-convened with PTYS 450.
Course page: PTYS/ASTR 550 (001) Pascucci is D2L
Evolution of Planetary Surfaces (3)
PTYS Graduate Core Course. The geologic processes and evolution of terrestrial planet and satellite surfaces including the Galilean and Saturnian and Uranian satellites. Course includes one or two field trips to Meteor Crater or other locales. Identical to: GEOS 554. PTYS is home department. Usually offered: Spring.
Course syllabus, Byrne (PDF)
Course page: PTYS 554 (001) Byrne
Inverse Problems in Geophysics (3)
Linear and nonlinear inverse theory, including least squares, generalized and maximum likelihood methods. Identical to GEOS 567 and ATMO 567. GEOS is home department.
Planetary Geology Field Studies
The acquisition of first-hand experience with geologic processes and features, focusing on how those features/processes relate to the surfaces of other planets and how accurately those features/processes can be deduced from remote sensing data. This is a three- to five-day field trip to an area of geologic interest where each student gives a short presentation to the group. This trip typically involves camping and occasional moderate hiking; students need to supply their own camping materials. Students may enroll in the course up to 10 times for credit but only three enrollments will count toward the major. Trip is led by a Planetary Sciences faculty member once per semester.
Course page: PTYS594A (001) Byrne