Instructor:  Steven R. Cranmer (email, web page) 
Instructor's Office:  Duane Physics D111 (main campus), LASP/SPSC N218 (east campus) 
Course Times:  Fall 2019, Mon./Wed./Fri., 3:003:50 pm 
Location:  Duane Physics, Room E126 
Office Hours:  D111: Mondays 121, Thursdays 1011, or by appointment 
Syllabus:  See the most uptodate PDF version. 
Summary
This course is an introduction to radiative and dynamical (R&D) processes aimed at graduate students in astrophysics, space physics, and planetary science. R&D is intended to cover a handful of topics that are central to much of astrophysical and planetary sciences, but are rarely encountered at the undergraduate level. We will cover particle collisions and transport phenomena, magnetohydrodynamics, gravitational dynamics (applied to both planetary orbits and Nbody systems in galaxies), and a macroscopic treatment of radiation fields. This is a core required course for APS graduate students.
Course Material
The primary "required readings" are my lecture notes, which will be posted below on this page as the semester progresses. Other links for this course include:
A list of
other online lecture notes
that can supplement both my own notes and the suggested textbooks
listed in the syllabus.

Some tips on giving good lectures/presentations:
 Guidelines for Lecturers from Stanford University's "Teaching Commons."
 Oral Presentation Advice, by Mark Hill, Computer Sciences Dept., University of WisconsinMadison.
 Ten Secrets to Giving a Good Scientific Talk, by Mark Schoeberl and Brian Toon, from the AGU's Atmospheric Science Division.
 Some interesting tips from Will Ratcliff on giving a presentation in the form of an engaging story (i.e., "David Attenborough style").
 Here is the grading sheet (rubric) for the student presentations.
Lectures
Below is a detailed schedule that will list the material to be covered in each class session, links to electronic copies of any handouts and problem sets, and various course deadlines.
 Mon., August 26:
Introductory lecture. Overview of course syllabus, and some review
of necessary background math and physics.
 Handout: syllabus
 Handout: list of useful math/physics formulae & constants (new for fall 2019)
 Lecture notes (01) for course intro; background math and physics.
 Homework 1 assigned, due Mon., September 9.
 Wed., August 28:
Transport phenomena: random walks & advectiondiffusion equations.
 Lecture notes (02) for transport phenomena, random walks, and the Langevin equation.
 Excerpts from the Pathria & Beale stat mech book about the Langevin equation.
 Fri., August 30:
Transport phenomena: Brownian motion; Langevin equation;
fluctuationdissipation theorem.
[Mon., September 2 is Labor Day, no classes.]
 Wed., September 4:
Transport phenomena: Intro to plasmas; Coulomb collisions.
 Lecture notes (03) for plasmas, Coulomb collisions, and collision statistics.
 Fri., September 6: Transport phenomena: Coulomb collisions; mean free paths; collision statistics.
 Mon., September 9:
Transport phenomena: Coulomb collisions; mean free paths; collision
statistics.
 Homework 1 due.
 Homework 2 assigned, due Wed., September 25.
 Here is a file providing the mean altitude dependence for Earth's atmospheric density, useful for Homework 2.
 Wed., September 11:
MHD: kinetic theory; Vlasov equation; Boltzmann collision term.
 Lecture notes (04) for kinetic theory and the Vlasov, Boltzmann, FokkerPlanck equations.
 Supplemental notes on Liouville's theorem and the derivation of the Vlasov equation.
 Fri., September 13:
MHD: kinetic theory; Vlasov equation; Boltzmann collision term.
 YouTube lecture showing an alternate way of deriving the Boltzmann collision term.
 Mon., September 16: MHD: kinetic theory; Vlasov equation; Boltzmann collision term; FokkerPlanck equation.
 Wed., September 18:
MHD: fluid moments of the Boltzmann equation for a plasma.
 Lecture notes (05) for fluid moments of the Boltzmann equation; ideal & resistive MHD.
 Fri., September 20:
MHD: fluid moments of the Boltzmann equation for a plasma.
 Halfclass: student presentation: R. Bowyer (Biermann battery)
 Mon., September 23: MHD: fluid moments of the Boltzmann equation for a plasma; basics of MHD; magnetic pressure and tension.
 Wed., September 25:
MHD: ideal and resistive MHD; magnetic pressure and tension.
 Homework 2 due.
 Homework 3 assigned, due Wed., October 9.
 Fri., September 27:
Ideal MHD applications: potential and forcefree fields.
 Halfclass: student presentation: A. HarkeHosemann (Dreicer field)
 Lecture notes (06) for ideal MHD applications: forcefree fields, MHD waves, and MHD instabilities.
 Mon., September 30: Ideal MHD applications: potential and forcefree fields; MHD waves.
 Wed., October 2: Ideal MHD applications: MHD waves; MHD instabilities.
 Fri., October 4:
Ideal MHD applications: MHD instabilities.
 Halfclass: student presentation: J. Stauffer (Magnetic dynamo)
 Worked example problem that derives the menagerie of "interface" instabilities in ideal MHD.
 Mon., October 7:
Resistive MHD: Braginskii transport coefficients.
 Lecture notes (07) for resistive MHD, reconnection, and plasma physics beyond MHD.
 Wed., October 9:
Resistive MHD: Braginskii transport coefficients; magnetic reconnection.
 Homework 3 due.
 Homework 4 assigned, due Wed., October 30.
 Midterm exam review sheet
 Fri., October 11:
Survey of plasma physics "beyond MHD."
 Halfclass: student presentation: D. Sega (Planetary magnetospheres)
 Submissions due for next Friday's journal paper review (see syllabus)
 Mon., October 14:
Dynamical processes: work, energy, and the EulerLagrange formalism.
 Lecture notes (08) for Lagrangian dynamics and 2body Keplerian motion.
 Wed., October 16: Inclass midterm exam.
 Fri., October 18:
Dynamical processes: the EulerLagrange formalism and Hamilton's principle.
 Halfclass: paper review (Spitzer 1958)
 Mon., October 21: Dynamical processes: 2body Keplerian motion.
 Wed., October 23:
Dynamical processes: finish 2body Keplerian motion, start 3body problem.
 Lecture notes (09) for the 3body problem, Hill stability, resonances, and tides.
 Fri., October 25:
Dynamical processes: restricted 3body problem, Roche lobes.
 Mon., October 28: Dynamical processes: 3body problem, Hill stability, orbital resonances.
 Wed., October 30:
Mock Comps 1 prep session (1st of 2);
(question slides here)
 Homework 4 due.
 Homework 5 assigned, due Wed., November 13.
 Fri., November 1:
Dynamical processes: collisions and conservative forces in Nbody systems.
 Halfclass: student presentations: H. GerlingDunsmore (Ulrich's accretion model), and N. Bassett (Synestias)
 Mon., November 4:
Dynamical processes: collisions and conservative forces in Nbody systems.
 Lecture notes (10) for Nbody stellar dynamics in galaxies and clusters.
 Wed., November 6: Dynamical processes: collisionless orbits in largescale potentials.
 Fri., November 8:
Dynamical processes: Boltzmann stellar dynamics; tensor & scalar
virial theorem.
 Halfclass: student presentation: A. Hampton (Runaway/hypervelocity stars)
 Mon., November 11: Dynamical processes: Boltzmann stellar dynamics; tensor & scalar virial theorem.
 Wed., November 13:
Radiation processes: defining the radiation field; equation of
radiative transfer.
 Homework 5 due.
 Homework 6 assigned, due Fri., December 6.
 Lecture notes (11) for radiation processes: definitions, transfer, and gray atmospheres.
 Fri., November 15:
Radiation processes: defining the radiation field; equation of
radiative transfer.
 Halfclass: student presentation: J. Gibson (Splashback radius)
 Submissions due for next Friday's journal paper review (see syllabus)
 Mon., November 18: Radiation processes: solutions in useful limits; gray and irradiated atmospheres.
 Wed., November 20: Radiation processes: solutions in useful limits; gray and irradiated atmospheres.
 Fri., November 22:
Radiation processes: beyond the gray atmosphere: nonLTE, nongray,
nonEddington effects.
 Lecture notes (12) for radiation processes: nongray, nonLTE, spectral lines, ionization balance, irradiated atmospheres.
[November 2529: Fall Break, no classes.]
 Mon., December 2: Radiation processes: beyond the gray atmosphere: nonLTE, nongray, nonEddington effects.
 Wed., December 4: Mock Comps 1 prep session (2nd of 2); (question slides here)
 Fri., December 6:
Radiation processes: spectral line formation.
 Homework 6 due.
 Halfclass: student presentation: F. Cruz Aguirre (Graybody radiation field)
 Mon., December 9: Radiation processes: nebular radiation fields & H II regions.
 Wed., December 11:
Radiation processes: irradiated atmospheres & comets.
 Takehome final exam distributed; due Friday, Dec. 13, noon (exam here)
[Fri., Dec. 13: Reading Day, Final Exam Week: Dec. 1418.]