Schedule – Spring 2017


This schedule, which may be updated or revised frequently as we go along, 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) with only a few possible omissions depending on time.
Please keep in mind that you are responsible for the assigned reading even if I don’t necessarily cover some topics in class.


# Date Topics Reading Assignments Remarks
Week 1
1Tue Jan 17Course overview; What is radiation?1–16All problems in the assigned reading except where noted. I will spot check only. Solutions will be provided for self-checking.Install miniconda Python 2.7 distribution w/ numpy and matplotlib
2Thu Jan 19Physical properties of radiation.17–30
Week 2
3Tue Jan 24Flux and intensity30-45HW1 due (previous week’s material). IN ADDITION, turn in this Python assignment.
4Thu Jan 26The EM spectrum46–73
Week 3
5Tue Jan 31Refraction & reflection in homogeneous media74–95HW2 due
6Thu Feb 2Radiative properties of natural surfaces96–112
Week 4
7Tue Feb 7Introduce Streamer ProjectHW3 due
8Thu Feb 9Thermal emission113–130
Week 5
9Tue Feb 14Simple radiative budget problems131–148HW4 due
10Thu Feb 16Applications of thermal imaging148–154
Week 6
11Tue Feb 21Transmission and optical properties155–174HW5 due
12Thu Feb 23Transmission spectrum of the atmosphere175–187
Week 7
13Tue Feb 28Absorption weighting functions; transmission in clouds188–203HW6 due
14Thu Mar 2Atmospheric emission204–218
Week 8
15Tue Mar 7Applications in remote sensing219–235Streamer project due
16Thu Mar 9Introduce Weighting Function projectHW7 due
Week 9
17Tue Mar 14MIDTERM (Chs. 1–8)
18Thu Mar 16MIDTERM DISCUSSION
Spring Break
XTue Mar 21Spring Break
XThu Mar 23Spring Break
Week 10
19Tue Mar 28236-250
20Thu Mar 30251-267
Week 11
21Tue Apr 4267-282HW8 due
22Thu Apr 6Introduce Monte Carlo project
Week 12
23Tue Apr 11283-296HW9 dueWeighting function project due.
24Thu Apr 13297-307
Week 13
25Tue Apr 18308-319HW10 due
26Thu Apr 20320-342
Week 14
27Tue Apr 25343-364HW11 due
28Thu Apr 27365-386
Week 15
29Tue May 2387-405HW12 due
30Thu May 4406-426Monte Carlo project due
Final FINAL EXAM —