EPS 181, Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, Fall 2012
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% (September 26, in class), Midterm II 20% (October 29, in class), Final 30% (December 13, 36)

Office hours

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

8/27, Overview of the atmosphere


8/29, Conservation of mass


9/5, Conservation of momentum


Reading: Continue readings from 8/29

9/10, Conservation of energy


9/12, Example: Sound waves


9/17, Static stability and dry convection


9/19, Entropy and potential temperature


9/24, Water


9/26, Midterm I


10/1, Examples: Subsidence and Bernoulli


10/3, Shallowwater equations


10/8, Coriolis force I


10/10, Coriolis force II


10/15, Balanced flow I


10/17, Balanced flow II


Reading: Continue reading from 10/8

10/22, Circulation I


10/24, Circulation II


Reading: Continue reading from 10/15

10/29, Midterm II


10/31, Radiative transfer


11/5, Greenhouse effect


11/7, Vorticity I


11/14, Vorticity II


Reading: Continue reading from 10/22

11/19, Boussinesq equations


11/21, No class


11/26, Boundary layers I


11/28, Boundary layers II

Homework

Due in class Wednesday, Sep 5:
Homework 1,
Solutions 1

Due in class Monday, Sep 17:
Homework 2,
Solutions 2

Due in class Monday, Sep 24:
Homework 3,
Solutions 3

Due in class Wednesday, Oct 3:
Homework 4,
Solutions 4

Due in class Monday, Oct 8:
Homework 5,
Solutions 5

Due in class Monday, Oct 22:
Homework 6,
Solutions 6

Due in class Monday, Oct 22:
Homework 7,
Solutions 7

Due in class Monday, Nov 5:
Homework 8,
Solutions 8

Due in class Wednesday, Nov 14:
Homework 9,
Solutions 9

Due in class Monday, Nov 19:
Homework 10,
Solutions 10

Due in class Wednesday, Dec 5:
Homework 11,
Solutions 11