PS 153.2: Topics in Environmental Physics Series II

Course Number and Title: PS 153.2 (Topics in Environmental Physics Series II)
Date Revised: Oct. 12, 2010
Number of Units: 3
Prerequisites: PS 52, PS 52.1, MA 22
 

Course Description:
This course teaches Physics students introductory atmospheric physics mainly through the application of thermodynamics to atmospheric phenomena. It begins with the foundations of energy conservation, the ideal gas law, heat capacities, thermodynamic processes, and entropy. Special focus is given to the thermodynamics of water and its transformations in the atmosphere. Concepts of atmospheric stability and cloud formation are discussed. Physical meteorological quantities and concepts (e.g., different types of temperatures, thermodynamic diagrams, etc.) are explained and derived from more basic thermodynamic quantities.
 

Bibliography:
Andrews, D. (2010). An Introduction to Atmospheric Physics (2nd ed). USA: Cambridge University Press.
Bohren, C. (2001). Clouds in a Glass of Beer: Simples Experiments in Atmospheric Physics. USA: Dover Publications.
Bohren, C. and Albrecht, B.A. (1998). Atmospheric Thermodynamics. UK: Oxford University Press.
Houghton, J. (2002). The Physics of Atmospheres (3rd ed). USA: Cambridge University Press.
North, G. and Erukhimova, T. (2009). Atmospheric Thermodynamics: Elementary Physics and Chemistry. USA: Cambridge University Press.
Petty, G.W. (2008). A First Course in Atmospheric Thermodynamics. USA: Sundog Publishing.
Tsonis, A. (2007). An Introduction to Atmospheric Thermodynamics (2nd ed). USA: Cambridge University Press.
Wallace, J., Wallace, J., and Hobbs, P. (2006). Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey (2nd ed). USA: Academic Press.
 

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