PHYC/OCEA 4412/5412 - Atmospheric Dynamics II

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.

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  • 12 April 2010: Final exam, from 1-4 PM in Dunn 221 C

  • 8 April 2010: Assignment 4 due

  • 18 March 2010: Second test, in class
  • 11 March 2010: Assignment 3 due
  • 18 February 2010: Midterm test, in class
  • 12 February 2010: Assignment 2 due
  • 26 January 2010: First test, in class
  • 19 January 2010: Assignment 1 due

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  1. Idealized model of baroclinic disturbances, Part I
  2. Idealized model of baroclinic disturbances, Part II
  3. The quasi-geostropic equations; Vorticity
  4. The quasi-geostropic vorticity equation; The Laplacian; Relative versus planetary vorticity advection; The traditional omega equation
  5. Analysis of the traditional omega equation
  6. Q-vector form of the traditional omega equation
  7. Test 1
  8. Q-vector applications; Geopotential tendency equation
  9. Analysis of geopotential tendency equation
  10. Frontogenesis; Parcel transpor; Adjustments to hydrostatic balance
  11. Quasi-geostrophic adjustment
  12. Quasi-geostrophic potential vorticity equation
  13. Rossby Waves; Review of Assignment 2 Q3
  14. Midterm exam
  15. Intro to linear perturbation theory; The sound wave equation
  16. The anatomy of a sound wave (including phase speed, group veolcity, and polarization relations)