EPS 181, Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Fall 2013
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, radiative transfer, cloud microphysics, geostrophic flow, quasigeostrophic motion, atmospheric waves, and baroclinic instability.

Time

M W, 23:30

Location

McCone 325

Recommended text, but not required

Holton

Prerequisites

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

Grading

Homework 30%, Midterm I 20% (October 2, in class), Midterm II 20% (November 4, in class), Final 30% (December 19, 36)

GSI

Jacob Edman (449 McCone Hall, jedman@berkeley.edu)

Edman office hours

Thursdays, 12pm in 449 McCone Hall

Romps office hours

After class or by appointment (377 McCone Hall, romps@berkeley.edu)
Syllabus

9/4, Overview of the atmosphere


9/9, Conservation of mass


9/11, Conservation of momentum


Reading: Continue readings from 8/29

9/16, Conservation of energy


9/18, Example: Sound waves


9/23, Static stability and dry convection


9/25, Entropy and potential temperature


9/30, Water


10/2, Midterm I


10/7, Examples: Subsidence and Bernoulli


10/9, Shallowwater equations


10/14, Coriolis force I


10/16, Coriolis force II


10/21, Balanced flow I


10/23, Balanced flow II


Reading: Continue reading from 10/8

10/28, Circulation I


10/30, Circulation II


Reading: Continue reading from 10/15

11/4, Midterm II


11/6, Radiative transfer


11/13, Greenhouse effect


11/18, Vorticity I


11/20, Vorticity II


Reading: Continue reading from 10/22

11/25, Reynolds averaging


11/27, No class


12/2, Boundary layers I


12/4, Boundary layers II

Homework

Due in class Wednesday, Sep 11:
Homework 1,
Solutions 1

Due in class Monday, Sep 23:
Homework 2,
Solutions 2

Due in class Monday, Sep 30:
Homework 3,
Solutions 3

Due in class Wednesday, Oct 9:
Homework 4,
Solutions 4

Due in class Monday, Oct 14:
Homework 5,
Solutions 5

Due in class Monday, Oct 21:
Homework 6,
Solutions 6

Due in class Monday, Oct 28:
Homework 7,
Solutions 7

Due in class Wednesday, Nov 13:
Homework 8,
Solutions 8

Due in class Wednesday, Nov 20:
Homework 9,
Solutions 9

Due in class Wednesday, Nov 27:
Homework 10,
Solutions 10

Due Wednesday, Dec 11:
Homework 11,
Solutions 11