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Eric P. Salathe
BST 293
Bothell Campus

Special Topics

Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.

Class description

BCLIM 300 Fundamentals of Weather and Climate

This course provides a broad introduction to the atmospheric sciences, including atmospheric composition, atmospheric physics, radiation, thermodynamics, clouds, atmospheric dynamics, the large-scale circulation, and climate. Insight on these topics is gained by application of mathematics and basic physical laws.

Student learning goals

Understand the dynamical, thermodynamical, and physical processes in the Earth system that determine its behavior on both short (i.e. weather) and long (i.e. climate) time scales.

Gain the skills to formulate and research scientific problems related to the weather and climate.

Express and solve atmospheric problems mathematically using calculus.

Understand the interaction of the various components of the earth system as they relate to a specific research problem.

Apply computational methods to problems of atmospheric dynamics, chemistry, and physics.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course is intended for students building a strong science education based on mathematics and physics. As such, a 2.0 or better is required in Calculus I & II (BCUSP 124, 125), Mechanics, and Electromagnetism (BPHYS 121, 122).

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Eric P. Salathe
Date: 06/25/2012