Professor Michael S. Wheatland
Sydney Institute for Astronomy
School of Physics
The University of Sydney
Tel: +61 2 9351 5965
Fax: +61 2 9351 7726
My office is Rm 355 in the School of Physics
Teaching, research and administration
My research is mostly in solar astrophysics (the physics of events at the Sun). Specific research interests include solar flares and solar activity, the statistics of that activity, coronal magnetic fields, solar-terrestrial relations, and Bayesian probability. An up-to-date list of my publications is maintained here.
I have worked on the problem of modelling magnetic fields in the Sun's corona using nonlinear force-free fields.
I currently teach PHYS 1001 Physics 1 (Mechanics) in Semester 1 and in the July intensive, PHYS3x34 Computational Physics in Semester 1, and PHYS 2012 Physics 2B (Quantum) in Semester 2. I also developed and help to teach two Open Learning Environment (OLE) units which run in both semesters: OLET1622 Numbers and Numerics, and OLET1652 How to Estimate Anything.
University of Sydney Faculty of Science Profile page
Some contributions to popular media
Research opportunities - Undergraduate/Hons/PhD projects
What's new on the Sun? - solar links
Solar Physics - I am an Editor in Chief at this journal
Additional research links
Modeling the fall of a slinky
The double pendulum
Double square pendulum - a model for the pendulum in the SoP corridor
Solar flare prediction - a statistical method for flare prediction
Mike's PhysFest - YouTube channel with lecture demos
Popular media stories - a scrapbook of media contributions
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