ENGS 152/PHYS 115:  Objectives & Expectations

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Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Derive basic equations of one- and two-fluid magnetohydrodynamics and determine their applicability in describing conducting fluids and ionized gases;

  • Analyze characteristics and polarization of MHD waves and discontinuities, including shocks;

  • Construct physical models of MHD equilibria for given boundary conditions and evaluate their stability properties;

  • Analyze macroinstabilities of current-carrying, inhomogeneous and anisotropic magnetofluids; and

  • Apply physical models for stationary hydromagnetic flows to problems involving boundary and internal shear layers and channel flows.




To meet these objectives you should plan to attend lectures, do all homework problems and review the lecture material, course handouts, homework solutions, and the appropriate sections of the textbook in studying for the midterm and final examinations. The course instructor is available to help you master this material.




The course grade is based on performance on homework and examinations with the following weights:


Weekly Homework


Midterm Exam


Final Exam





Please read the College Academic Honor Principle carefully (http://graduate.dartmouth.edu/services/regulations.html). In reference to the homework in ENGS 152/PHYS 115, the following principles apply: You are free to exchange ideas about problems with other students in the class – indeed, I encourage you to do so whenever the need arises – but the work you hand-in must be basically your own, i.e., you must work out all the details by yourself. If you have consulted with others or have found a similar problem solved in another source, you must acknowledge the source of information used to develop your solution. You will not be penalized for doing so, and it serves as protection against charges of plagiarism. Principles of academic integrity, including standards for citing ideas and materials derived from other sources, are described in the circular "Sources and Citations at Dartmouth College."




Students with disabilities, including invisible disabilities like chronic diseases, learning disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities, are encouraged to discuss with the course director after class or during office hours appropriate accommodations that might be helpful to them. The Academic Skills Center retains information on how professors can help students with certain disabilities and keeps documentation on file of students with disabilities. If you have a disability that you think will impede your performance in this class, the Student Disabilities Coordinator, Nancy Pompian, phone extension 6-2014, can help you assess the need for appropriate accommodations.