This is the index page for:
and Plasmas (
Caveat: These pages are intended for the exclusive use of
registered students in the class and are designed as an aid in the distribution
of classroom materials. These web pages
Homework Sets and Tests:
Problem set 1: ps1.w14.pdf
Problem set 2: ps2.w14.pdf
Problem set 3: ps3.w14.pdf
Problem set 4: ps4w14.pdf
Problem set 5: ps5w14.pdf
Midterm: (after single particle dynamics)
Problem set 6: ps6.w14.pdf
Take Home final to be passed out Friday March 14. If you want problem solutions, turn in your missing homework by then.
Organization of these web pages:
For more information contact: Prof. R. H. Holzworth at 206 685 7410, email at email@example.com or web page http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/bobholz/ess515/
Office hours by agreement (usually before or after class can be arranged)
Text - Parks, George K., Physics of Space Plasma- An Introduction, Westview Press (Member of Perseus Books Group) 2004.
Bibliography of Reference Texts on bibliog_515.pdf.
Tentative Daily Outline (subject to update)
Plasma in the earth's environment (plasma_intro)
E&M review (Maxwell's Eqtn's, source functions, theorems, boundary conditions, etc)
What is a plasma - characteristic lengths and frequencies?
plasma frequency, collision frequency, distribution functions.
Lorentz transformation of E&B and Mag fields in space
Begin Single Particle Motion in E and B fields.
Parallel guiding center motion and term by term discussion of <V guiding center>.
Bounce motion, magnetic bottle
finish bounce motion, discuss radiation belt organization.
Adiabatic Invariants. File begins midway through:
Ring Current, anomalous field effects.
Polarization Drift, finish radial diffusion, begin discussing Electric fields in Space, including the corotation of the plasmasphere.
Finish single particle motion/review
Start Collective Plasma Effects (Parks 5.1 - 5.3),
review session/your questions/attend if you like
Continue derivation of Plasma Equations
Generalized Ohms law and MHD Equations
Finish Generalized Ohms Law and start Field Line Motion, Frozen in Condition, etc
Putting it all together
Finish ionospheric currents, then start waves: Alfven Waves in MHD
plasma waves (and review).