Engineering Physics (EP)


EP 501  Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists  3 Credits

Numerical methods for the solution of engineering physics problems; systems of linear equations, ordinary differential equations including one-dimensional initial value problems and boundary value problems; partial differential equations (PDEs) including elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic PDEs; finite difference method. Application to problems such as diffusion, transport, remote sensing, inversion, and plasma waves. Emphasis will be on computer implementation of numerical solutions. Knowledge of at least one programming language is required, with MATLAB strongly recommended.

EP 505  Spacecraft Dynamics and Control  3 Credits

Review of dynamic systems modeling and analysis; classical and modern linear and nonlinear control techniques; orbital dynamics, orbital maneuvers and control. Attitude sensors and sensing techniques. Passive attitude control techniques including spin, dual-spin, gravity-gradient, and magnetic stabilization. Active control using gas jet thrusters, momentum wheels, reaction wheels, and control moment gyros. Application of optimal control techniques to spacecraft maneuver problems; design of open loop and feedback controls for linear and nonlinear spacecraft dynamical systems; case studies.

EP 507  Astrophysics I  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a study of the basic physical processes operating in the astronomical environment: stellar structure, stellar evolution, and the interstellar medium, galaxies. Astrophysical concepts are emphasized, thus underlining the common features appearing within many astronomical systems.
Prerequisites: EP 455 and PS 320 and MA 345.

EP 508  Astropyhsics II  3 Credits (3,0)

Study of the basic physical processes operating in the Galaxy and extragalactic astronomical environments: galactic structure and evolution, the expanding universe, and cosmology. Astrophysical concepts are emphasized, thus underlining the common features appearing within many astronomical systems.

EP 509  Advanced Space Physics  3 Credits

Plasma physics applied to the interplanetary medium and planetary magnetospheres: solar wind. Magneto-hydrodynamics. Interaction between planetary magnetospheres and the solar wind. Auroral dynamics. Planetary atmospheres and ionospheres. Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. Energetic particle dynamics. Ring currents. The space radiation environment. Space weather. Satellite missions to Earth and other planets.

EP 520  Advanced Planetary Sciences  3 Credits (3,0)

Study of the planetary system: origin, evolution, composition, present configuration, dynamics, interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, and magnetospheres of the planets and, where appropriate, similar aspects of the satellites, asteroids, and comets. Interpretations of existing data and definition of future experiments to aid in determination of the origin and evolution of the solar system are stressed.
Prerequisites: PS 303 and MA 345.

EP 525  Observational Astronomy  3 Credits (3,0)

Basic design and use of an optical telescope, fundamentals of astronomical optics including refracting and reflecting systems, principles and applications of optical filters and adaptive optics. Design optimization and trade-offs in an observing system. Telescope system calibration and techniques for enhancing tracking accuracy. Visual observation and analysis of images of the sun, moon, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Electronic imaging including quantification of radiant energy, spectroscopy, and techniques for reducing the effects of noise sources. Optical and detector design trade-offs for measurement optimization.

EP 600  Experimental Methods in Space Science  3 Credits

Measurement techniques for ground-based, rocket, and satellite-borne experiments are explored. Advantages, disadvantages, and limitations are quantitatively developed. In situ atmospheric composition measurements, charged particle detection for plasma characterization, optical remote sensing, and imaging techniques are included.

EP 605  Spacecraft Power and Thermal Design  3 Credits

Spacecraft power and thermal energy management. Spacecraft power systems; sources of power; power subsystem function and design; energy storage devices; future concepts in spacecraft power systems. Review of the modes of heat transfer: conduction, radiation, and convection. Space environment, heating fluxes. Spacecraft thermal analysis. Thermal control hardware and design; active and passive thermal control. Emphasis on the design needs of instruments and their detector systems' power and thermal requirements.

EP 696  Graduate Internship in Engineering Physics  1-3 Credit

Temporary professional or industrial work appointments are made available to students enrolled in graduate programs at the University. An internship provides graduate students with an opportunity to extend their academic endeavors through the application of the theories and philosophies studied in the classroom to specific professional activities common to the workplace. They are academic /professional activities coordinated by the University between offering organizations and the graduate student. Prior approval of the graduate program coordinator is required.

EP 699  Special Topics in Engineering Physics  1-6 Credit

Guided independent study of selected topics not offered in regularly scheduled classes. Arrangements and work requirements established by prior agreement of the instructor and students, subject to approval of the program committee and department chair.

EP 700  Thesis  1-9 Credit

A master-level research project in Space Science/Engineering Physics including an oral thesis defense and a written report satisfying all graduate school guidelines. The work is supervised by the student's advisor and thesis committee. The approval of the thesis committee is required to receive final thesis credit.