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**Basics:** Definition and classification of plasmas, the *n-T* diagram, electron plasma frequency, Debye length, electrostatic plasma waves, coulomb collisions

**Motion of a charged particle:** Uniform magnetic field**,** uniform magnetic field with non-magnetic forces**,** guiding center motion in nonuniform magnetic fields

**Dielectric description:** General properties**,** waves in cold unmagnetized plasma**,** dielectric tensor and waves in cold magnetized plasma

**Magnetohydrodynamic description:** MHD equations**,** general properties, MHD equilibrium, MHD waves, MHD stability, MHD shocks

**Kinetic description:** Vlasov equation**,** connections to fluid theories**,** Vlasov theory of electrostatic plasma waves**,** Landau damping**,** Fokker-Planck equation, binary Coulomb collisions

**Organization**

Lectures T Th 10:50 - 12:05 PM

Homework (40%)

Term exam (20%)

Presentation (10%)

Final exam (30%)

Text: R. O. Dendy, *Plasma Dynamics*

*All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.*