**SPRING 2007**

**MW 9:15-10:30am, in Duane
E126 (regular class)
M 2-2:50pm in JILA 10B (recitation)**

**Prof. Rosalba
Perna**

**Office: A-506A, JILA Tower **

**Phone: 303-492-0389**

**e-mail : rosalba@jilau1.colorado.edu**

Office hours: Flexible. I am around most of the time. Just
stop by my office when you need.

COURSE
DESCRIPTION

**This
course is the second semester of a two-semester sequence for graduate
students in astrophysics and planetary sciences. The main topics
include astrophysical fluid dynamics, ****kinetic theory and collisions, w****aves and instabilities, shocks, MHD,
plasma. The emphasis will be on fluid applications, including accretion
disks, winds and
outflows, supernova remnants, and turbulence. The main text will be
Arnab Choudhuri's text on "The Physics of Fluids
and Plasmas". Note, however, that the lectures will be generally
prepared using a large variety of other sources beyond the
textbook. Detailed (though handwritten) lecture notes will be
available to the students for every lecture, if requested. Regular
lectures will be held on M-W 9:15-10:30am, while the extra hour on M
2-2:50pm will be devoted to discussion of papers relevant to the
course, problem solving, etc.
**

**The
course grade will be based on: homework (45%), midterm (15%, scheduled
on 03/05/07), and a combination of a paper (20%) + presentation (20%)
on a
topic chosen by the student. The topic should be directly related to
the material discussed in this course and should not be the main
research topic of the student (or the subject of the Comp II
exam). The paper is due on 03/21/06, while presentations, of
35-40 min duration each, will begin after Spring break. The list of
topics
and day of each presentation can be found here. **

A more detailed syllabus can be
downloaded from here.

Image above from **www.mcs.anl.gov/~hudson/ htmlbase/fourd.html**