PTYS Graduate Courses


Course Title/Description
PTYS 505A

Principles of Planetary Physics (3)


PTYS Graduate Core Course. Introductory physics of planetary and interplanetary gases, fluids and plasmas. Thermodynamics, kinetic theory, plasma physics, hydrodynamics, and magnetohydrodynamics with solar-system applications. This includes planetary atmospheres, turbulence, solar wind, solar-system magnetic fields, dynamo theory, and planetary magnetospheres. Students will be expected to be familiar with vector calculus and both 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.
Sample course syllabus, Rogers (PDF)