**Fall 2015 – Thermodynamics of
the Atmosphere [11:670:323]**

**Instructor: **Dr. Benjamin R. Lintner

**Course Time/Location:
**MTh 10:55
am-12:15 pm/ENRS 223

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**Catalogue Description:*** *

*Thermodynamics of the atmosphere;
energy conservation; ideal gas law; water and its
transformations; moist air; aerosols; hydrostatic stability and
convection; vertical motion; cloud formation; precipitation.*

Prerequisites:

Calculus II [01:640:152]

Physics for the Sciences or General Physics I [11:750:193/194 or 11:750:203/204]

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**Course Text:**

Petty, Grant W: *A First Course in Atmospheric Thermodynamics
*This book may be purchased directly from the publisher Sundog Publishing, LLC
or through on-line booksellers.

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**Learning Goals:**

The learning goals for this course are:

(1) Develop a conceptual
understanding of atmospheric thermodynamic processes;

(2) Master the foundational
mathematical and physical principles of atmospheric
thermodynamics;

(3) Apply the conceptual
understanding and mathematical and physical principles to solve
problems.

**Grading:**

Homework Assignments [5 Total]: 25% [5% each]

Semester Exams [2 Total]: 50% [25% each]

Final Exam: 25%

You will be assigned 5 homework sets, each worth 5% of the total course grade. Two semester exams and a final exam, each accounting for 25% of the total course grade, will be given. Make-up exams are permitted only if an exam is missed for documented serious emergencies or university-sanctioned conflicts. If you know in advance that you will miss an exam, please make arrangements to take the exam early.

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**Attendance:**

While attendance is not mandatory, I strongly recommend that you attend the lectures. Neglecting to attend may result in missing important information.

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**Office Hours: **

By
Arrangement. Note that I am usually available before class.

**Tentative Schedule: **

¤Readings
are from Petty unless otherwise indicated.

*Note that Tuesday 09/08 will follow a Monday class schedule.

*Note that Tuesday 09/08 will follow a Monday class schedule.

**Additional
Information:
**

Comet
MetEd [registration required]

Notes
on
"Temperature
in Practice" [Petty section 1.4]

Warm
core versus cold core cyclones

youtube
tutorial
on
the
fundamentals
of
skew-T
diagrams

Application
of
the
1st Law: Carnot cycle example from class

Cumulonimbus
timelapse

Animation of
Large Eddy Simulation of Convective Boundary Layer Development

Animation of
Large Eddy Simulation of Deep Convection

Mountain
and lee waves

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