Jim Crumley

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arXiv.org papers

  • Integrating areas of current research into undergraduate physics labs can be a difficult task. The location of the magnetopause is one problem that can be examined with no prior exposure to space physics. The magnetopause location can be viewed as a pressure balance between the dynamic pressure of the solar wind and the magnetic pressure of the magnetosphere. In this lab students examine the magnetopause location using simulation results from BAT-R-US global MHD code run at NASA's Community Coordinated Modeling Center. Students also analyze data from several spacecraft to find magnetopause crossings. The students get reasonable results from this lab as well as exposure to the tools and techniques of space physics.