Phys2301  Atmospheric Physics
Fall 2013 Course Calendar, Moodle course site
Date 
Topic 
Observation periods 
Mini Lecture by students 

W 828 
Weather Journal Practice for cloud classification 1Climate
System – General Overview 
Observation Period 1: Observing and recording Record
the weather observables for Morris, MN, twice
daily for a period of six consecutive days, for a total of twelve
records. Consecutive
observations need to be at least two hours apart. Represent
the current weather activity in form of a station model. Return
the booklet to instructor for feedback at the end of the observation period. 


F 830 
1Climate
System – General Overview Components of the climate system Structure and composition 
Chapter handout
1: Problems 1, 3 (4
skipped since input missing) answer 13
(corrected) 

M 92 
Labor Day 


W 94 
Climate
System – General Overview Global wind systems Weather systems in moderate latitudes Animated global satellite images 


F 96 
Quiz 1: Vocab on layers, winds, climate system Climate
System – General Overview Coordinate systems (velocities skipped) 
Text book 1.7,
1.12, 1.17 Handout 1:
problem 9, 10, 11, 12 

M 99 
Climate
System – General Overview Hydrological cycle Hydrological Mass balances 
Signup
has been reopened. Will close on Thursday, September 12. After that, I will
assign a topic if you did not choose one. 


W 911 
Hydrological Mass balances Density, pressure Hydrostatic equation 
Weather Journal due 

F 913 
Hydrostatic Stability Experiment pressure gradient Vertical pressure gradient Barometric equation 


Book: 1.9, 1.10,
1.13,2.10 
M 916 
Hydrostatic Stability Sea level pressure Scale height 



W 918 
Hydrostatic Stability Level thickness 



F 920 
Quiz 2: hypsometric equation and barometric equation, sealevel pressure More level thickness 
Observation
Period 2: Seeing the larger picture Record
the weather observables for Morris, MN, twice daily for a period of six consecutive days, for a total of
twelve records. Consecutive
observations need to be at least two hours apart. Represent
the current weather activity in form of a station model on the provided map,
at the position of Morris. Sketch
in any frontal boundaries, H, L, precip. Return the booklet to instructor for feedback at the end of the observation period. 

Handout: 2.6, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13, 2.14, 2.15 Book 1.16, 1.19 
M 923 
Ideal gas law 



W 925 
First Law and Atmosphere Virtual Temperature Water vapor pressure/ mixing ratio Processes, work, heat 



F 927 
Visit by Dr Rodmann Abbott ’80 (physics) Associate Dean of Research Naval Postgraduate School In the frame
of the UMM Alumni Networking Day 

Handout 2.19 (altitude of 880mb vs T) Handout 3.1 (molecular mass air), 3.7 (water vapor) Text book: 3.20 (virtual temp 1%), 3.24, 3.25 

M 930 
First Law and Atmosphere Processes, work, heat examples, 



W 102 
First Law and Atmosphere Specific heat Enthalpy 



F 104 
First Law and Atmosphere Geopotential 

Weather Journal due Chapter handout 3: 3.9 (Balloon) 3.10 hurricane 3.11 hiker (all wrt pressure, layer thickness and temperatures 

M 107 
Adiabatic processes 



W 109 
First Law and Atmosphere Potential temperature 



F 1011 
Example, using pa chart Quiz 3 answers 
Observation
Period 3: Recognizing patterns, forecasting Record
the weather observables for Morris, MN, twice daily for a period of four weeks,
for a total of at least fifty records. Represent
the current weather activity in form of a station model on the provided map,
at the position of Morris. Sketch
in any frontal boundaries into your map. Mark positions of high or low
pressure centers. Shade areas of active precipitation. •Try a
prediction for the next 12 hours. Check your prediction at the next
observation time. Return the booklet to instructor for feedback at the end of the observation period. 

Handout3: 3.12 layer thickness 3.14 isothermal compression 3.20 parcel convection 3.30 isothermal comp/adiabatic exp (removed 3.31) 
M 1014 
SkewTln p chart Class exercise 



W 1016 
SkewTln p chart Class exercise 



F 1018 
SkewTln p chart Thermodynamics of humid air Phase transitions Takehome quiz: Quiz 4 

Handout 3: Problem 3.33
parcel path 3.34 skewT graph Book 3.35 phase
transition enthalpy 

M 1021 
Fall break 



W 1023 
Takehome quiz is due Clausius Clapeyron Characterizing humidity 



F 1025 
Thermodynamics of humid air SALR, 

Supplement
for Quiz3 (if so desired) answers Handout 4 humid air: Problem 3 (dew) Problem 5
(reading psychrometric chart) 

M 1028 
Thermodynamics of humid air LCL ex 5.12 computations 



W 1030 
Analytical LCL example 5.13 computations Equivalent potential temperature 



F 111 
TT_{w} experiment 

Handout 4 humid
air: Problems 10, 11 Book 3.40, 3.45,
3.47 

M 114 
Entropy, reversibility 



W 116 
Second Law and Atmosphere 



F 118 
Quiz 5: SkewTLnp chart answers Second Law and Atmosphere Second law, applications 

1. Handout 4 humid air: Problems
19, 20, 25 2. Complete table in 4.6
(Handout) humidity measurement 3. Handout 5: problems 4 and 5 

M 1111 
Static stability : 
The Carbon Cycle Sam Graham 


W 1113 
Using the thermal imager on crisp and sunny(?) morning General overview 


F 1115 
Radiative Transfer Radiance, irradiance, solar constant 
Smog Zachary Klassen 
Handout 5:
problems 8, 9 Book 3.58, 3.61,
3.62 

M 1118 
Radiative Transfer Radiance, irradiance, solar constant 

W 1120 
Radiative Transfer Insolation Satellite server: http://www.goes.noaa.gov/index.html 
Remote Sensing Jieying Jin 


F 1122 
Radiative Transfer Blackbody radiation 
Palaeoclimate James Froberg 
Handout 6: problems 8,9 Book: 4.12, 4.13 

M 1125 
Radiative Transfer Greenhouse effect, layered atmosphere 
Atmospheres of other planets Cassie Yoakum 


W 1127 
Radiative Transfer 
Variability in solar
constant: Orbital and solar variations Jason Nieman 


F 1129 
Thanksgiving 



M 122 
Cloud Microphysics 
Growth and shapes of ice
crystals Mitch Patzer 
Weather Journal due 

W 124 
Cloud Microphysics 

Halos and rainbows Stephen Sorensen 

F 126 
Cloud Microphysics 

Thunderstorms Peter Ehlers 
Handout 6: problems 10, 11 answers Textbook: 6.8a,b,c 6.10 answers 
M 129 


Tropical cyclones Josef Wieber 

W 1211 


Tornadoes Shelby Richards 
Handout 7, problem 7 (not 8) 
F 1213 




T 1217, 46 pm 
Final Exam 



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