Introduction to Plasma Physics I OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Course on Plasma Physics

Published Jan 15, 2009

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Plasma dominates the visible universe, and it has been called the fourth state of matter. 'Introduction to Plasma Physics I,' a free course offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provides a graduate-level introduction to the behavior and nature of plasma. This OpenCourseWare is aimed at students interested in Nuclear Engineering and related fields.

Introduction to Plasma Physics I: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Plasma Physics I: Course Description

'Introduction to Plasma Physics I' is an OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that teaches the basics of controlled thermonuclear fusion and astrophysics' generation of energy with an emphasis on the roles that plasmas play in these processes. This graduate-level course presents many different models to describe the behavior of plasma. Students will study the basic properties of plasma, plasma confinement schemes, the motion of charged particles in magnetic fields, Coulomb collisions, MHD models and two-fluid hydrodynamic plasma models. MIT Professor Ron Parker teaches this free course, offered by the department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

Course materials include downloadable lecture notes, a list of suggested readings, problem sets and three years worth of final exams and midterms. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the plasma physics course page.

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