Dennis L Hartmann
ATM S 501
Fundamentals of hydrostatics, thermodynamics, radiation, cloud physics, and atmospheric chemistry. Offered: A.
This is a course on the fundamentals of hydrostatics, thermodynamics, radiation, cloud physics and atmospheric chemistry. This quarter we will place more emphasis on thermodynamics, since the other topics are covered in introductory courses for graduate students that specialize in dynamics, cloud physics, radiation and chemistry. So expect to get a quick overview of these subjects and then take a deep dive into thermodynamics, an elegant and important subject. A strong undergraduate-level background in physics and mathematics will be assumed, including differential calculus.
Student learning goals
A broad overview of the atmospheric sciences
A solid and deep understanding of atmospheric thermodynamics
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion
Undergraduate physics through electromagnetic theory Mathematics through vector and differential calculus
Class assignments and grading
Homework problems in the book
Homework, discussion, mid-term and final examination