AOS 640: Reading, lecture, and assignment schedule – Spring 2015

This schedule gives the approximate pace at which I will cover the topics in the book, which we will go through from cover to cover (not counting the appendix).   Sometimes I will devote an entire lecture to discussing one or more of the class projects, which means that some material will either get displaced into later lectures or else I will leave it to you to read about on your own. Either way, I urge you to stick to the pace given below in your own reading, regardless of any drift in my lecture schedule.
Important:  At the graduate level, it is appropriate to expect students to be more self-sufficient and to derive a greater proportion of their understanding from reading as opposed to having everything spelled out in lecture.  I will discuss selected portions of the reading in class in order to help clarify, and put into context, key concepts.  The book is both self-contained and complete as regards the subject matter of this course; also, I wrote it specifically to spare you from having to wade through a lot of technical detail that is not necessarily fundamental to a non-specialist’s understanding of atmospheric radiation.  The more specialized aspects will be covered in AOS 740, for those who need them. In summary, my lectures are intended as a supplement to the reading, not the other way around.  This means that you are responsible for the material in the book regardless of whether it is covered in class.
Wk Date Read thru page Remarks
1 Tu 20 Jan 16
1 Th 22 Jan 34
2 Tu 27 Jan 53
2 Th 29 Jan 68 Collect HW1: Problems 1.1, 1.2, 2.6, 2.7, 2.14, 2.16, 2.17, 2.18, 2.19, 2.20
3 Tu 3 Feb 95
3 Th 5 Feb 112 CLASS CANCELED – READ CHAPTER 5
4 Tu 10 Feb 127 Assign Python Exercise
4 Th 12 Feb TBD Introduce Streamer projectCollect HW2: Problems 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2
5 Tu 17 Feb 136
5 Th 19 Feb 153 Collect HW3: 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8
6 Tu 24 Feb 170
6 Th 26 Feb 187 Collect HW4: 6.14, 6.18, 6.19, 6.22, 6.25, 6.28, 7.2, 7.6, 7.7
7 Tu 3 Mar 204
7 Th 5 Mar 222  Tristan guest lecture
8 Tu 10 Mar 239 Streamer project due.
8 Th 12 Mar Collect HW4: 7.10, 7.11, 7.13, 8.1, 8.4, 8.6, 8.7, 8.8, 8.10
SB Tu 17 Mar
SB Th 19 Mar Introduce weighting function project
9 Tu 24 Mar MIDTERM  (Chapters 1-8)
9 Th 26 Mar
10 Tu 31 Mar 256  Spring Break
10 Th 2 Apr 273  Spring Break
11 Tu 7 Apr HW 5 due:  Chapter 8 questions (see above) + 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5Introduce Monte Carlo Project.
11 Th 9 Apr 290 HW 6:  10.1, 10.2, 11.1, 11.2, 11.4
12 Tu 14 Apr 307  Weighting function project due.
12 Th 16 Apr 324
13 Tu 21 Apr 341
13 Th 23 Apr 358 Collect HW6 HW7:  12.1, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5, 12.8, 12.10, 13.5, 13.8, 13.11,13.14, 13.16
14 Tu 28 Apr 375
14 Th 30 Apr 392
15 Tu 5 May 409  –
15 Th 7 May 426 Collect HW7; Monte Carlo project due
16 Sunday 10 May Final exam 10:05AM