Atmospheric Thermodynamics

The variables of state, Charles' law, Boyle's law, equation of state for an ideal gas, mixtures of gases. Thermodynamics of dry air, water vapor and moist air. Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Adiabatic and pseudoadiabatic processes. Moisture variables. Hydrostatics equilibrium, hydrostatics of special atmospheres. Hydrostatic stability. Convection theory, parcel method, slice method, entrainment, bubble theory.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 87.202 Earth & Env Systems II, 95.103 General Physics I, and 92.132 Calculus II.

Link to catalog: ATMO.3010 Atmospheric Thermodynamics

Additonal Course Information (from sample syllabus):
This course covers atmospheric thermodynamics which is the introductory course to theoretical meteorology. The subject of atmospheric thermodynamics concerns the physical behavior of air on a micro-scale and local scale and is the building block towards our quantitative understanding of the meso-scale, synoptic scale and planetary scale weather and climate. The essence of the atmospheric variables, such as temperature and pressure, will be discussed to understand their physical meaning and mathematical representation of their relationships. The principle of energy conservation lies at the core of thermodynamics. We will focus on the transfer of energy in the atmosphere as air responds to changes in temperature, pressure, and volume. It also includes the properties of moist air and atmospheric stability. The concepts that you discover in this course provide the foundation for your study in almost every other major topic in meteorology. Along the way, you will use differential and integral calculus and principles of physics to solve real-world physical problems related to meteorology. The contents of the course are: the variables of state, Charles' law, Boyle's law, equation of state for an ideal gas, mixtures of gases. Thermodynamics of dry air, water vapor and moist air. Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Adiabatic and pseudoadiabatic processes. Moisture variables. Hydrostatics equilibrium, hydrostatics of special atmospheres. Hydrostatic stability, and Convection theory.