'The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere" can be used in several ways, described in more detail further below:
Relevant files are listed as they appear In the Index file. "S" stands for supplemental files, indented in the index list; "+H" means, include the history file.
(a) Classroom Material in Physics and Astronomy
|The physics of magnetism||The Magnetosphere (+H), |
Magnetic Fields (+H), The Terrella,
Magnetic Field Lines (+H)
Electromagnetic waves, Energy.
|Ions and electrons||Electrons (+H), Ions (+H), |
Plasma (+H), Energetic Particles
|Electromagnetic waves||Magnetic Field Lines--History, Electromagnetic
High Energy Particles.
|Discovery of electromagnetism||Magnetic Fields--History.|
|Discovery of the sunspot cycle||The Sun--History, Discovery of the Sunspot Cycle,|
|Discovery of solar eruptions|
|The Sun--History, Discovery of Solar Flares|
|The Edison effect||Electrons|
|Discovery of the radiation belt||Explorers 1 and 3|
|Discovery of the solar wind||Solar Wind (+H)|
|Dynamo Effect||Electric Currents from Space, The lo Dynamo|
|What is the polar aurora and what is known about it?||The Polar Aurora (+H), Electrons, Auroral Imaging, Auroral Acceleration.|
|How were the radiation belts discovered?||Explorers 1 and 3 (+S), the Radiation Belts (+H,S).|
|The active Sun||The Sun (+H,S) The Sun's Corona, Solar |
Energetic Particles, "Birth of a Radiation Belt"
|High energy particles in space||Electrons (+H), Ions (+H) The Radiation Belts (+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 Io Dynamo (see also Electric Currents from Space (+H)).|
|Satellite orbits||Synchronous Orbit, Lagrangian Points, The Wind Spacecraft, Low Polar Orbit. Supplement with readings on Kepler's laws and their use, and by logging onto 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 summary files and branch out|
(c) Self StudyA 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 the Earth's Magnetosphere" is meant for such use: it is self-contained and nonmathematical, explicitely addressing many facets and covering related areas of physics, astronomy and history.
Students with a more technical background may want to go beyond the introductory level of "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 nonmathematical introductory courses for non-physics majors, sometimes whimsically titled "Physics for Poets."
"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 thorough 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 The Physics Teacher, vol. 35, p. 38-9, January 1997.
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Last updated: March 13, 1999