Course Synopses


  • Course Description:

    Prerequisites: 750:507 or equivalent. Fundamental physical properties of liquids, gases, and ionized systems. Includes selected topics from compressible and incompressible flow, electromagnetic interactions, instabilities, turbulence, nonequilibrium phenomena, kinetics, superfluid mechanics, related experimental techniques, and other topics of current interest in fluid and plasma research.

    The course will present some aspects of fluid mechanics and the physics of plasmas. While the course has a strong emphasis on applications to astronomy, it should be of value to students in all walks of physics and applications in other areas will creep in from time to time. All students with PhD research projects in astronomy should take this course. No graduate level astronomy courses are required as background, but the course will assume standard graduate level preparation in physics.

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