This page is my first attempt at creating a Web Site to support a graduate course. It is very
definitely under construction! I would very much welcome the active involvement of interested
students in the course in developing a much more useful offering.
Physics 7307 and 7308 comprise a graduate level introductory survey of space physics. Topics
covered include solar and heliospheric physics, magnetospheric physics, ionospheric physics and
space plasma physics.
Physics 8307 is an advanced graduate lecture course covering advanced topics in Space Physics.
In the Fall of 1996, the topics to be covered are MHD waves and plasma waves in space and
Instabilities in Space and Laboratory Plasmas, by D. B. Melrose
Introduction to Space Physics by M. G. Kivelson and C. T. Russell
The Solar-Terrestrial Environment, by J. K. Hargreaves
The first two semesters follow the second of the three textbooks listed above for the most part.
The exceptions occur in Ch. 1, History, where considerable use is made of material from Majestic
Lights by R. Eather; Ch 7, Ionosphere, where we bring a lot of material from Hargreaves, and in
Ch 14, Aurora, which is considered before plasma waves, owing to the fact that plasma waves are
covered in considerable detail in PHYS 8307.
In PHYS 8307, we will begin by covering Chapters 11 and 12 of Kivelson and Russell. Lectures
will then take up the Melrose book and cover it thoroughly. Additional supplementary reading can
be found in Ch. 10 of Jackson and the entirety of the 1992 edition of Stix classic treatise on
plasma waves, which is available by direct order from AIP.
Fall 1996 8307 Situation
The course will be given as scheduled. Do not dispair or drop the course. As soon as he is
recovered from his injuries, Dr. Bering will resume lectures. Missing lectures will be made up by
extending the class to 90 minutes until we are caught up. Your assignment is to read Ch. 11 of
Kivelson and Russell. Attempting the exercises would be of some value, if you are so inclined.
Questions may be addressed to Dr. Bering by e-mail. If you are desperate for personal interaction
and persistent enough, the other faculty listed on the Space Physics home page can be pestered.
(Actually, in view of their unwillingness to pick up the lectures, they probably deserve it!)
You can ask me a question here.
- ISPEC - International Space Physics Educational Consortium
- Space Physics WWW Reference
- UCLA Space Physics Group Tutorials
- UCLA Space Physics Group Educational Software
- Rice University Public Connection Project
- Rice University Space Weather Home Page and Model
- Athena, K-12 Curriculum Development
- Earth and Sun
- The Aurora
- Aurora Borealis - the northern lights
Other Universities and Professors
- Space Scientists' Personal Home Pages
- UCLA/IGPP Home Page
- IGPP/UCLA SSC Home Page
- University of Washington Geophysics Program
Some Guys Named Bob
NASA's Space Physics Data System - An Introduction
IMP-8 Project Information
Solar images at SDAC
NASA Shuttle Web
National Geophysical Data Center
National Geophysical Data Center, Solar Terrestrial Physics, GEOMAG SUB 1
ALIS Control Centre
Sprites and Jets
Current Weather Maps/Movies
Planetary Data System / Planetary Plasma Interactions Node (PDS/PPI)
UCLA Space Physics Data System
- National Space Science Data Center
- National Science Foundation
- NASA Home Page
- NASA Space Physics Division Home Page
Journals, Programs and Professional Organizations
- AGU Home Page - American Geophysical Union
- AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy Section Home Page
- JGR-Space Physics Home Page
- Eos Electronic Supplement
- The NCAR CEDAR Home Page
- NSF Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) Program Home Page
Well, that's about it for now, folks. At this point, you could pack it in for the day, return to the
top of this page, go to the UH Space Physics Group's entire list of Other Useful Links, go back
to Dr. Bering's home page, or go to the UH Space Physics Group Web Site.
Send your cards and letters to me, Prof. E. A. Bering, at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Prof. Edgar A. Bering, III, Physics Department, University of Houston, email@example.com