EPS 181, Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Fall 2011
Overview
This course covers the processes that determine the structure and circulation of Earth's atmosphere. The approach of this course is deductive: the properties and behavior of Earth's atmosphere will be derived from the laws of physics and fluid dynamics. Topics will include the governing laws of fluid dynamics, dry and moist thermodynamics, geostrophic flow, quasigeostrophic motion, baroclinic instability, and the dynamics of extratropical cyclones.

Time

M W, 23:30

Location

McCone 325

Text

Holton

Prerequisites

Mathematics 53, 54; Physics 7A, 7B, 7C

Grading

Homework 30%, Midterm 30% (October 17, in class), Final 40% (December 15, 36)

Office hours

By appointment (377 McCone Hall, romps@berkeley.edu)
Syllabus

Introduction

Scales

Fluid dynamics

Stability

Apparent forces

Pressure coordinates

Balanced flow

Circulation and vorticity

Potential vorticity

Quasigeostrophic theory (read Holton 6.2, 6.3, 6.4)

Boundary layer

Atmospheric waves
Homework

Due in class Sep 19: Holton 1.6, 1.7, 1.14, 1.16, 1.18, 2.1, 2.2, 2.7

Due in class Sep 28: Handout

Due in class Oct 10: Handout

Due in class Oct 31: Handout

Due in class Nov 14: Handout