Schedule 2016

The following is the preliminary schedule for this semester.  Deviations and updates may occur.  The important thing is to keep up with the reading and come to class already having spent some time thinking about the material.

# Date Topics Reading Assignments Remarks
Week 1
1 Wed Sep 7 Orientation, Problem solving review Appendix B HW #1a: B1, B2 Self-study questions for App. B
L1 Fri Sep 9 Atmospheric thermal structure pp. 18-28 Observed structure of the atmosphere Self-study questions for Ch. 1
Week 2
2 Mon Sep 12 Atmos. pressure & density; Atmos. composition 1–12 HW#1b: 1.1-1.4
3 Wed Sep 14 Temperature; Wind chill 13-17, 33-35 HW#1c: 1.5, 1.7, 1.8
L2 Fri Sep 16 Skew-T diagrams 44-46 Skew-T orientation

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Week 3
4 Mon Sep 19 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
5 Wed 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
L3 Fri Sep 23 36-44 Radiosonde launch Self-study questions for upper air obs.
Week 4
6 Mon Sep 26 Equation of state for moist air 71-77 HW#2 due. HW#3a: 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11
7 Wed Sep 28 Buoyancy Hydrostatic equation 78-82 83-87 HW #3b: 3.12, 3.13, 3.14
L4 Fri Sep 30 Surface Observations I
Week 5
8 Mon Oct 3 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
9 Wed Oct 5 Pressure profiles; Correction to sea level 93-103; 109-11 HW#4b: 4.6, 4.7, 4.8
L5 Fri Oct7 Hypsometric equation
Week 6
10 Mon Oct 10 MIDTERM HW#4 due.
11 Wed Oct 12 Midterm discussion 1
L6 Fri Oct 14 Pressure measurements and error analysis
Week 7
12 Mon Oct 17 Standard atmosphere; pressure and density altitude;pressure/height fields 111-117;118-122 HW#5a: 4.12, 4.13, 4.14, 4.16
13 Wed Oct 19 PV work; 1st Law of TD 123-135 HW#5b: 5.1, 5.3, 5.4 Self-study questions for Ch. 5
L7 Fri Oct 21 Python Lab #1
Week 8
14 Mon Oct 24 Poisson’s eqn.; potential temp.; dry adiabats 136-141

HW#5 due.

HW#6a: 5.6, 5.7

Petty on travel
15 Wed Oct 26 Heat engines; cyclic processes 142-149 HW#6b: 5.8 Petty on travel
L8 Fri Oct 28 Petty on travel
Week 9
16 Mon Oct 31 Reversible and irreversible processes; enthalpy; 150-154 HW#6 due; HW#7a: 5.9-5.12
17 Wed Nov 2 subsidence inversions; diabatic processes; energy on a Skew-T 154-160 HW#7B: 5.13
L9 Fri Nov 4
Week 10
18 Mon Nov 7 Entropy and the 2nd Law of TD 163-166 Self-study questions Ch. 6
19 Wed 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
L10 Fri Nov 11 Observations II
Week 11
20 Mon Nov 14 MIDTERM (through p. 175)
21 Wed Nov 16 Midterm discussion
L11 Fri Nov 18
Week 12
22 Mon Nov 21 Clausius-Clapeyron equation 176-185 HW#9a: 7.2, 7.3, 7.5, 7.7, 7.8
23 Wed Nov 23 Dry adiabatic processes and moisture variables 185-195 HW#9b: 7.9, 7.13 To answer the perennial question: Yes, I am obligated to hold class today.
X Fri Nov 25 Thanksgiving Break
Week 13
24 Mon Nov 28 Moist adiabatic lapse rate; 195-203
25 Wed Nov 30

204-209, 222-227

HW#10: 7.16, 7.17, 7.20, 7.21, 7.22
L12 Fri Dec 2
Week 14
26 Mon Dec 5 228-237 HW#11a: 7.23, 7.24.
27 Wed Dec 7 Dry static stability 239-248 HW#11b: 8.1 Self-study questions for Ch. 8
L13 Fri Dec 9 Python Lab 5
Scavenger hunt
Week 15
28 Mon Dec 12 Conditional instability; convective instability 249-258

HW#11 due:
HW#12: 8.4-8.7

Due Friday afternoon by 5pm (place in Luke’s box).

29 Wed Dec 14 CAPE, CIN, Deep convection 258-278
L14 Fri Dec 16 no class / study day
Finals Week
F Mon Dec 19 Final exam, 2:45-4:45