John M Wallace
ATM S 501
Fundamentals of hydrostatics, thermodynamics, radiation, cloud physics, and atmospheric chemistry. Offered: A.
Fundamentals of hydrostatics, thermodynamics, radiative transfer with application to planetary atmospheres, cloud physics, and atmospheric chemistry. An introduction to climate dynamics.
Student learning goals
Students will acquire an overview of the subdisciplines that make up atmospheric sciences: hydrostatics, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, cloud physics and atmospheric chemistry.
They will be able to synthesize factual and quantitative information derived from these subdisciplines.
They will appreciate the role of the atmosphere in the Earth system as it relates to the history of the Earth and climate change.
They will be able to work elementary quantitative exercises in support of the above goals.
They will be prepared for more advanced graduate courses in Atmospheric Sciences and in the Program on Climate Change.
General method of instruction
Lectures, reading assignments, assigned quantitative exercises, weekly quizzes that require working quantitative exercises.
First year calculus including first order differential equations and integration. A year of undergraduate physics with calculus. A year of undergraduate chemistry.
Class assignments and grading
Solving quantitative problems in weekly modules.
Weekly quizzes 80%. Final exam 20%.