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Erika Harnett
ESS 515
Seattle Campus

Geophysics: Space

Various phenomena occurring in outer regions of Earth's atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, and Van Allen radiation belts. Laboratory applications include plasma thrusters and fusion. Concepts include charged particles in magnetic fields, drift motion, plasma, magnetohydrodynamic waves. Includes advanced, research-oriented problems. Prerequisite: PHYS 321 or equivalent.

Class description

Course material will apply concepts developed at the Earth to other planets and moons in the solar system.

Student learning goals

Why studying space weather is important.

The origin of the aurora.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

5-6 homework assignments, two exams and a final paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Erika Harnett
Date: 12/22/2008