EPS 181, Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Fall 2015
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


Online version available from UC Berkeley here

Prerequisites

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

Grading

Homework 30%, Midterm I 20% (September 28, in class), Midterm II 20% (October 28, in class), Final 30% (December 17, 3pm6pm, McCone 325)

GSI

Wenwen Kong (531 McCone Hall, wanzi0411@gmail.com)

GSI office hours

Tuesdays, 3pm5pm

Romps office hours

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

8/26, Overview of the atmosphere


8/31, Conservation of mass


9/2, Conservation of momentum


Reading: Continue readings from 8/29

9/9, Conservation of energy


9/14, Example: Sound waves


9/16, Static stability and dry convection


9/21, Entropy and potential temperature


9/23, Water


9/28, Midterm I


9/30, Examples: Subsidence and Bernoulli


10/5, Shallowwater equations


10/7, Coriolis force I


10/12, Coriolis force II


10/14, Balanced flow I


10/19, Balanced flow II


Reading: Continue reading from 10/8

10/21, Circulation I


10/26, Circulation II


Reading: Continue reading from 10/15

10/28, Midterm II


11/2, Radiative transfer


11/4, Greenhouse effect


11/9, Vorticity I


11/16, Vorticity II


Reading: Continue reading from 10/22

11/18, Reynolds averaging


11/23, Boundary layers I


11/30, Boundary layers II


12/2, Review

Homework

Due in class Wednesday, Sep 9:
Homework 1,
Solutions 1

Due in class Wednesday, Sep 16:
Homework 2,
Solutions 2

Due in class Wednesday, Sep 23:
Homework 3,
Solutions 3

Due in class Monday, Oct 5:
Homework 4,
Solutions 4

Due in class Monday, Oct 12:
Homework 5,
Solutions 5

Due in class Monday, Oct 19:
Homework 6,
Solutions 6

Due in class Monday, Oct 26:
Homework 7,
Solutions 7

Due in class Wednesday, Nov 4:
Homework 8,
Solutions 8

Due in class Monday, Nov 16:
Homework 9,
Solutions 9

Due in class Monday, Nov 23:
Homework 10,
Solutions 10

Due Wednesday, Dec 9:
Homework 11,
Solutions 11