PTYS 505A

Principles of Planetary Physics

Core Course

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. Sample course syllabus, Giacalone (PDF).

Course Level: PTYS Graduate Core Course
Course Credits: 3
Course Type: Graduate

Semester Section Instructor(s) Day/Time Location Resources
2020 Fall 001 Joe Giacalone
2018 Fall 001 Joe Giacalone MW 9:30-10:45a.m. Kuiper 312 Syllabus
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