(b) Student Projects
Students should be encouraged to also look at
files not listed and at
|What is the polar aurora and what is known about it?||The Polar Aurora
Electrons, Auroral Imaging, Auroral Acceleration.
|How were the radiation belts discovered?||Explorers 1 and 3 (+S), the
|The active Sun ||The Sun (+H,S) The Sun's Corona, Solar |
Particles, "Birth of a Radiation Belt"
|High energy particles in space||Electrons (+H), Ions (+H) The
(+S), Energy, Energetic Particles, Cosmic
Rays, High Energy Particles in the Universe, Solar
Energetic Particles, "Birth of a Radiation Belt,"
|Magnetospheres of other planets||Magnetospheres Other than Ours, The
Dynamo (see also Electric Currents from
|Satellite orbits ||Synchronous Orbit, Lagrangian Points, The Wind
Low Polar Orbit. Supplement with readings on Kepler's laws and their use, and by
home pages of various satellite missions, using listed links and resources.
|Dynamos in Space ||Electric Currents from Space (+H,S)
|The Earth's Magnetosphere ||An overview project: start with the
and branch out
(c) Self Study
A teacher will occasionally come across a bright young student who seeks to know
"all about space
exploration" and is willing to invest attention and time. "The Exploration of
Magnetosphere" is meant for such use: it is self-contained and nonmathematical,
addressing many facets and covering related areas of physics, astronomy and
Students with a more technical background may want to go beyond the introductory
"Exploration." A suitable place to start is "A Brief History of Magnetospheric
Physics During the
Spaceflight Era" which is also included. Space scientists and graduate students,
in particular, will
find leads to many key articles in the extensive bibliography of that work.
(d) "Space Physics for Poets "
In recent years, many undergraduate physics departments have instituted
introductory courses for non-physics majors, sometimes whimsically titled
"Exploration" can provide the outline of a one-semester course on a similar
level, which might well
be called "Space Physics for Poets." A teacher presenting such a course needs a
command of physics and some additional familiarity with the Earth-Sun
environment. The article
'A Brief History of Space Physics During the Spaceflight Era" included in these
web files contains
a great amount of relevant material, and more can be found in its large
bibliography and in the file
Additional Resources" reached from the home page of "Exploration."
Teachers are also advised to look up the article "Space Physics for Poets" in
Teacher, vol. 35, p. 38-9, January 1997.
Last updated 25 November 2001
Above is background material for archival reference only.