Lecture Log/Plan, GEOG 620/420

 

Fall 2017


Everything above the Log/Plan mark is a log, everything below is a plan, everything more than a week out is still very tentative, not a serious plan.


Aug 30: Course introduction. Composition of Atmosphere


Sept 1: Ideal gas law, customizing for meteorology


Sept 4: No class -- Labor day


Sept 6: Hydrostatic equation, vertical structure of atmosphere


Sept 8: More about vertical structure. Gas law via statistical mechanics.


Sept 11: More about molecular velocity, Gravity generalized


Sept 13: Gravity generalized, escape velocity

        

Sept 15: Geopotential meters. Thickness is temperature.


Sept 18: Conservation of Energy. Specific heat at constant volume, pressure.


Sept 20: Poisson Equations, Dry adiabatic lapse rate


Sept 22:  Pseudo adiabatic chart. Potential temperature. Kinetic interpretation of specific heat.


Sept 25: Mean free path and continuum limit.


Sept 27: Van der Waals equation. Introduction to water vapor.


Sept 29: Virtual temperature, mixing ratio, specific humidity,


Oct 2: Carnot heat engine.


Oct 4: 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.


Oct 6: Clausius Clapeyron derivations

  

Oct 9: Test 1


Oct 11: Test 1 returned. More Clausius Clapeyron, examples


Oct 13: Dewpoint. More about moisture variables.


Oct 16:  Dewpoint lapse rate, Lifting Condensation Level.


Oct 18:  Wet adiabatic lapse rate


Oct 20: Equivalent Potential Temperature


Oct 23: EPT, Newton-Raphson Iteration, Wet Adiabatic Lapse Rate


Oct 25: Altimeter Equations, Start on Stability


Oct 27: Stability and Vertical motion, Brunt Väisälä frequency, buoyancy waves


Oct 30: Radiosondes, CAPE


Nov 1: The Mountain Rainshadow problem - 1


Nov 3: The Mountain Rainshadow problem - 2


Nov 6: Diffusion


Nov 8: Wet Bulb temperature


Nov 10: Test 2


Nov 13: Application of wet bulb, Normand’s Rule. Begin surface tension


Nov 15: Cloud droplet stability -- pure water.


Nov 17: Effect of aerosols on clouds. Solute effect


Nov 20, 22, 24: No class -- Thanksgiving break


Nov 27: Viscosity, terminal velocity


Nov 29: Terminal velocity, Reynolds Transitions.


^^^ Log ^^^ --- vvv Plan vvv -----.  Last updated 30 November 2017


Dec 1: Droplet growth - diffusion.


Dec 4: Force balance in an updraft, visibility


Dec 6: Heat engines in nature.


Dec 8:  Review


Final Exam week: Final Exam

Dec 11, 1:00 – 3:00


November 30, 2017 4:24 PM