Schedule 2015

This course is being restructured for 2015, so the detailed schedule and assignments will be posted as we go along to account for unplanned variations in timing. To view last year’s schedule, click here.

# Date Topics Reading Assignments Remarks
Week 1
1 Wed Sep 2 Orientation, Problem solving review Appendix B Self-study questions for App. B
L1 Fri Sep 4 Atmospheric thermal structure pp. 18-28 Observed structure of the atmosphere Self-study questions for Ch. 1
Week 2
X Mon Sep 7 Labor Day
2 Wed Sep 9 Atmos. pressure & density; Atmos. composition 1-6 6-12 HW#1a: 1.1-1.5
L2 Fri Sep 11 Skew-T diagrams 44-46 Skew-T orientation

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Week 3
3 Mon Sep 14 Temperature; Wind chill 13-17 33-35 HW#1b:  1.7, 1.8
4 Wed Sep 16 Air parcels; Working with system variables 49-51 52-60 HW#1 due. HW#2a: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 Self-study questions for Ch. 2 & 3
L3 Fri Sep 18 36-44 Radiosonde launch Self-study questions for upper air obs.
Week 4
5 Mon Sep 21 Experimental properties of gases; The Ideal Gas Law; Dalton’s Law of Partial Pressures; Gas constant for dry air 61-64 65-67 68 69-70 HW #2b: 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6
6 Wed Sep 23 Equation of state for moist air 71-77 HW#2 due. HW#3a: 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11
L4 Fri Sep 25 Surface Observations I
Week 5
7 Mon Sep 28 Buoyancy Hydrostatic equation 78-82 83-87 HW #3b: 3.12, 3.13, 3.14
8 Wed Sep 30 Geopotential height; Hypsometric equation; “Thickness” 88-91 92-93 117-122 HW#3 due. HW#4a: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
Self-study questions for Ch. 4
L5 Fri Oct 2 Hypsometric equation
Week 6
9 Mon Oct 5 Pressure profiles; Correction to sea level 93-103; 109-11 HW#4b: 4.6, 4.7, 4.8
10 Wed Oct 7 MIDTERM HW#4 due.
L6 Fri Oct 9 Pressure measurements and error analysis
Week 7
11 Mon Oct 12 Midterm discussion
12 Wed Oct 14 Standard atmosphere; pressure and density altitude;pressure/height fields 111-117;118-122 HW#5a: 4.12, 4.13, 4.14, 4.16
L7 Fri Oct 16 Python Lab #1
Week 8
13 Mon Oct 19 PV work; 1st Law of TD, 123-135 HW#5b: 5.1, 5.3, 5.4 Self-study questions for Ch. 5
14 Wed Oct 21 Poisson’s eqn.; potential temp.; dry adiabats 136-141 HW#5 due.HW#6a: 5.6, 5.7
L8 Fri Oct 23
Week 9
15 Mon Oct 26 Heat engines; cyclic processes 142-149 HW#6b: 5.8
16 Wed Oct 28 Reversible and irreversible processes; enthalpy; 150-154 HW#6 due; HW#7a: 5.9-5.12
L9 Fri Oct 30
Week 10
17 Mon Nov 2 subsidence inversions; diabatic processes; energy on a Skew-T 154-160 HW#7B: 5.13
18 Wed Nov 4 Entropy and the 2nd Law of TD 163-166 Self-study questions Ch. 6
L10 Fri Nov 6 Observations II
Week 11
19 Mon Nov 9 Water vapor saturation 167-176 HW#8: 7.1.  Also: Given e=1000 Pa and T=20C, use Fig. 7.3 to estimated RH, Td Self-study questions Ch. 7
20 Wed Nov 11 MIDTERM (through p. 175)
L11 Fri Nov 13
Week 12
21 Mon Nov 16 Midterm discussion
22 Wed Nov 18 Clausius-Clapeyron equation 176-185 HW#9a: 7.2, 7.3, 7.5, 7.7, 7.8
L12 Fri Nov 20
Week 13
23 Mon Nov 23 Dry adiabatic processes and moisture variables 185-195 HW#9b: 7.9, 7.13
24 Wed Nov 25 Moist adiabatic lapse rate; 195-203 To answer the perennial question: I am obligated to hold class. You are not obligated to attend.  Please turn in HW before you leave town or scan/email it before class time.  And do the assigned reading.
X Fri Nov 27 Thanksgiving Break
Week 14
25 Mon Nov 30

204-209,

222-227

HW#10: 7.16, 7.17, 7.20, 7.21, 7.22
26 Wed Dec 2 228-237 HW#11a: 7.23, 7.24.
L13 Fri Dec 4 Python Lab 5
Week 15
27 Mon Dec 7 Dry static stability 239-248 HW#11b: 8.1 Self-study questions for Ch. 8
28 Wed Dec 9 Conditional instability; convective instability 249-258 HW#12: 8.4-8.7
L14 Fri Dec 11 Scavenger hunt
Week 16
29 Mon Dec 14 CAPE, CIN, Deep convection 258-278

 

HW#12 due Wednesday, Dec. 16.