PHYC/OCEA 4411/5411 - Atmospheric Dynamics I

Atmospheric Dynamics describes the fluid motions of the atmosphere in terms of fundamental physical laws using the language of mathematics. Part I deals mostly with establishing basic principles and deriving the governing equations, whereas Part II focuses on applications, including weather.

Final Exam

Friday, Dec 11, 12 - 3 PM @ Dalplex

The final exam will cover all of the material from the first class up to the end of the lecture on "Rotation in Thunderstorms". No calculators or other electronic devices are permitted.

Class Evaluations

Class evaluations are to be completed online before midnight on 8 December 2009. You should have received an email from the Department about this. If not, please let me know as soon as possible.


Class Log

  1. The conservation laws of physics: mass, momentum, and energy
  2. Hydrostatic equilibrium; Thickness
  3. Adiabatic lapse rate; Static stability
  4. Inertial and non-inertial coordinate systems
  5. Fictitious force examples
  6. Body forces; Coordinate systems
  7. Test I
  8. Discussed Test problem 3; Coordinate systems (continued)
  9. Coordinate system transformations; Position, velocity and acceleration in spherical coordinates
  10. Geophysical conventions
  11. Total differentiation; The Navier-Stokes equations of motion
  12. Midterm Exam
  13. Scale analysis and characteristic numbers
  14. The geopotential and height; Scale analysis of the component equations
  15. Scale analysis of the component equations (continued); Horizontal equation of motion; Isobaric coordinates
  16. Balanced flow
  17. Heat conservation equation; Mass conservation equation; Summary list of governing equations
  18. Test II
  19. The thermal wind; Streamlines and trajectories
  20. The Eckman layer; Divergence and curl
  21. Eckman pumping; The vorticity equation
  22. The vorticity equation (continued); Relationship to magnetostatics; Rotation in thunderstorms
  23. Preferred rotation in thunderstorms

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