Summary: ASTR 5120: Radiative and Dynamical Processes
TIME & PLACE: lecture sessions are Monday / Wednesday / Friday 2:00-2:50pm, Duane E126.
There is also a weekly discussion session on Wednesday mornings 10:00-10:50am, Duane E126.
INSTRUCTOR: Phil Armitage (firstname.lastname@example.org, office JILAA909, phone 303-492-7836).
There are no official office hours for this class, rather you're very welcome to stop by my office at any
time to discuss the class. You will usually find me in during the afternoons between 2-6pm (and often
in the morning too except when I have meetings) call or drop me an email if you want to be sure I'm
in before coming by.
AIMS: This class is a new addition to the graduate core curriculum whose primary goal is to give you
some exposure to three areas of physics that are commonly encountered in astrophysics and planetary
science: the macroscopic theory of radiation transport, magnetohydrodynamics, and gravitational
dynamics. Each of these topics could easily occupy a whole semester, so my goal is not to provide a
comprehensive treatment but rather to give you a background so that when you encounter problems in
these areas in your research (as you surely will) you will at least know where to look for a solution.
Apart from such practical considerations MHD and celestial mechanics in particular involve some of
the richest classical physics that you will encounter in astronomy and planetary science, and I hope that
you will find their study rewarding in its own right.
DISCUSSION SESSIONS: What we do during the weekly discussion sessions is largely up to you!
My default plan is to alternate problem solving sessions with discussions of papers. In the problem