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Dennis L Hartmann
ATM S 501
Seattle Campus

Fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Fundamentals of hydrostatics, thermodynamics, radiation, cloud physics, and atmospheric chemistry. Offered: A.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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


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 Dennis L Hartmann
Date: 07/30/2013