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Cecilia Bitz
ATM S 441
Seattle Campus

Atmospheric Motions I

Basic equations governing atmospheric motions and their elementary applications; circulation and vorticity; dynamics of midlatitude disturbances. Prerequisite: either AMATH 353 or MATH 309; MATH 324. Offered: A.

Class description

The purpose of the course is to introduce principles of fluid dynamics applied to the behavior of large-scale midlatitude weather systems. Students will learn why upper-level winds tend to blow parallel to the isobars and why troughs, instead of ridges, tend to bring unsettled weather. The first six chapters of the text, Holton, J.R., 2004: Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, will be covered.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures 3 times per week with weekly homework. Class room demonstrations will be given, when possible.

Recommended preparation

AMATH 353 or MATH 309; MATH 324. ATM S 301 is helpful, but not required.

Class assignments and grading

Problem sets will be written and/or executed on computer with MATLAB.

Midterms (2) 15% each, Final 30%, Homework 40% (subject to small alterations until first day of class). The final will likely be take home.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Cecilia Bitz
Date: 09/27/2006