and Fridays, Room 223,
11:670:323 Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere
01:640:251 Multivariable Calculus
Hydrodynamics of the atmosphere. Equations of motion on rotating earth. Vorticity, potential vorticity, and divergence.(1) Develop a conceptual understanding of atmospheric dynamical processes;
Martin, Jonathan E., Mid-Latitude Atmospheric Dynamics, John Wiley and Sons, 324 pp.
This textbook is available for purchase at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the corner of Nichol Ave. and Lipman Dr..
Holton, An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, 4th Edition, Elsevier Academic Press, Ansterdam, 535 pp.
(mathematical methods, including vector
GEMPAK exercises: 15%
First hourly exam: 20%
Second hourly exam: 20%
Final exam: 25%
All homework problems will be posted on this web site. Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class exactly one week after they are assigned. We will accept late homework assignments through the beginning of the next class after the due date, but your score will be reduced by 50%. Do not unnecessarily reduce your final grade by turning in your homework assignments late. If you have not turned in your homework by the next class after the due date, you will receive a score of zero for that assignment.
In cases of serious emergencies or University-sanctioned schedule conflicts, make-up exams will be given if I am notified in advance. Only in cases of serious medical or personal emergencies will a make-up exam be given if we are not notified in advance, and a note from a physician or the Dean's office will be required. Message: Show up and take your exams at their scheduled time!
required to adhere to the
Attendance is not taken in this class, although the size of the class makes it very easy for us to notice whether or not you attend. We do not grade on the basis of attendance, but in borderline cases we will be more sympathetic to students who demonstrate that they are trying their best by attending class regularly.
It is University policy (University Regulation on Attendance, Book 2, 2.47B, formerly 60.14f) to excuse without penalty students who are absent from class because of religious observance, and to allow the make-up of work missed because of such absence. Examinations and special required out-of-class activities shall ordinarily not be scheduled on those days when religiously observant students refrain from participating in secular activities. Absences for reasons of religious obligation shall not be counted for purposes of reporting. Students are advised to provide timely notification to instructors about necessary absences for religious observances and are responsible for making up the work or exams according to an agreed-upon schedule. Please notify us at the start of the semester if any scheduled tests or quizzes conflict with a religious observance.
Note: Except for the dates of exams and quizzes, this schedule may change slightly. Adjustments may be made based on our rate of progress through the material.
|Review of vector analysis|
|Scale analysis; Basic kinematics of fluids||M1.3; M1.4|
|February 5||Fundamental forces||M2.1|
|February 8||Fixed vs. rotating frames of
|February 12||"Weather in a Tank"||MIT link|
|February 15||Momentum equation in rotating coordinates||M3.2|
|February 19||Momentum equation in spherical coordinates||M3.2.1|
|February 22||Introduction to GEMPAK||Meet in ENR 323|
|February 26||Continuity equation||M3.2.2||HW #1|
|March 1||Thermodynamic energy equation;
Summary of primitive equations
Chaos and numerical weather
|HW #1 Due|
|March 8||Hourly exam #1||Sample Exam|
Hypsometric equation and thickness:
Using GEMPAK to visualize meteorological data
|Meet in ENR 323|
|March 19, 22||Spring break|
Balanced flow; Natural
|March 29||Types of balanced flow (cont.);
|April 2||Barotropic and baroclinic atmospheres;
Trajectories and streamlines
|M4.3, M4.5||HW #2
|April 5||Using GEMPAK to visualize meteorological data||Meet in ENR 323||GEMPAK Lab #1 Due|
|April 9||Application of continuity eq. to vertical motion; Dines compensation||HW #2 Due|
|April 12||Hourly exam #2||Sample Exam|
|April 16|| Vorticity and its physical
|April 19||"Weather in a Tank"||MIT link|
|April 23||Using GEMPAK to visualize meteorological data||Meet in ENR 323|
|April 26||Vorticity equation||M5.2|
Vorticity equation in
|May 3||"Weather in a Tank"||MIT link
|May 14||Final Exam (8:00-11:00 AM)||Sample Exam|