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ASTE 330


ASTE 330 Fall 2006:
Astronautics and Space Environment II


3 units; 5:00-6:20 Tuesday and Thursday, VHE 210

Instructor:

Dr. Geraldine (Gerrie) Peters, SHS 271, (213) 740-6336, gjpeters@mucen.usc.edu.

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-4:00 pm

TA: TBA

Required texts:

Dale A. Ostlie & Bradley W. Carroll, An Introduction to Modern Stellar Astrophysics., Addison-Wesley, 1995. ISBN 0-201-59880-9.

Thomas F. Tascione, Introduction to the Space Environment, 2nd edition. Krieger, 1994. ISBN 0-894-64044-5.

Midterm Exam: Thursday, October 5, in class.

Final Exam: Thursday, December 7, 4:30 PM-6:30 PM in the regular classroom.

Homework: Assigned weekly. Due in class on Thursdays.

Grading: Homework, 40%; midterm exam, 25%; final exam, 35%.

Course Material:

The times and topics given below are approximate. We will see how things go and take more or less time on each topic as seems appropriate.
Week Date Topic Reading HW Due
1 08/22 & 08/24 Class Intro. Location of Earth in space. Celestial sphere and coordinate systems. Basics of spherical trigonometry. OC-1  
2 08/29 & 08/31 Time, precession, aberration of starlight, radial and tangential velocity. Stellar distances, fluxes, and magnitudes. OC-1, OC-3 1
3 09/05 & 09/07 Continuous radiation in astrophysical plasmas, Poynting-Robertson & Yarkovsky effects. OC-3 2
4 09/12 & 09/14 Spectral line formation. Basic properties of stars and stellar evolution. OC-5, OC-8 3
5 09/19 & 09/21 Excitation and ionization in astrophysical plasmas. Isoelectronic sequences. OC-8 4
6 09/26 & 09/28 Concept of mean free path. Extinction of starlight. Introduction to plasma astrophysics. OC-9.2 5
7 10/03 & 10/05 Introduction to plasma astrophysics, cont. Review for midterm. MIDTERM EXAM. T-1  
8 10/10 & 10/12 Debye length , plasma waves & frequency. Magnetic fields. Particle motion. Mirroring. T-1 6
9 10/17 & 10/19 The Sun. Solar atmosphere and interior. The active sun. Solar cycles. OC-11, T-2 7
10 10/24 & 10/26 Solar wind. Interplanetary magnetic field. T-3 8
11 10/31 & 11/02 Geomagnetism. T-4 9
12 11/07 & 11/09 Magnetospheres. Heliosphere. T-5 10
13 11/14 & 11/16 Solar-terrestrial relations. Magnetospheric storms. Neutral atmosphere. T-5, T-6 11
14 11/21 & 11/23 Ionosphere. T-7  
15 11/28 & 11/30 Ionosphere variability. Radio waves. T-8, T-9 12