METR 200: Intro to Atmos & Ocean Physics & Thermodynamics Handouts Dr. Dave Dempsey Dept. of Geosciences SFSU, Fall 2004

 DATE TITLE or DESCRIPTION 12/10 (Fri) Concept Map on Atmospheric Dynamics on Large Scales (completed map, solution to Quiz #4) 12/8 (Wed) Thought Questions: The Geostrophic Wind and Real Winds Aloft at Midlatitudes (PDF file) Quiz #4 (take-home): Thought Questions: Concept Map on Atmospheric Dynamics on Large Scales Partially blank concept map (for Thought Questions: A Concept Map on Atmospheric Dynamics on Large Scales) 12/6 (Mon) Some Guidelines for Estimating the Response of An Object's Position and Motion to the Sum of the Forces Acting on the Object Thought Questions: How Forces Work Aloft (PDF file) 12/1 (Wed) Final Writing Assignment: "Troughs and Ridges (the 'Wobbles') in the Jet Stream Pattern" Reading Questions #1b: Chapter 1, "Introduction to Meteorological Inquiry: A First Look at Weather Systems" (pp. 20-29) (recommended for the Final Writing Assignment) 11/24 (Wed) 11/22 (Mon) Pre-class Exercise #3 (preview version): Forces in the Atmosphere and Ocean Newton's Second Law and the Hydrostatic Relation (PDF file) Thought Questions: Temperature and Pressure in Air Columns Prospectus for Quiz #3 11/17 (Wed) Thought Questions: Stability Reading Assignment #6: Chapter 6: "Precipitation" (pp. 152-181) Reading Assignment #7a: Chapter 7, "Structure of Large Mid-Latitude Weather Systems" (pp. 184-199) Pressure in the Atmosphere (and Oceans) Problem #3: Atmospheric Pressure in (Imaginary) Air Columns 11/15 (Mon) Thought Questions: Concept Map on Creating Instability List of Concepts for Concept Map on Creating Instability Partly blank concept map Pre-class Exercise #2 (preview version): Modifying Atmospheric Stability 11/10 (Wed) Prospectus for Quiz #2 Problem #2: Clouds and the Circumstances in which They Form The Skew-T Thermodynamic Diagram Pre-class Exercise #1 (preview version): Skew-T Diagram and Atmospheric Stability 11/8 (Mon) Demonstration Preclass Exercise (preview version): Humidity Atmospheric Stability and Instability, Part I Atmospheric Stability and Instability, Part II Atmospheric Stability and Instability, Part III 11/3 (Wed) Reading Assignment #5b: Chapter 5, "How Do Clouds Form?" (pp. 132-151) Problem #1: Warm Air Rises, and the Skew-T Diagram 11/1 (Mon) Prospectus for Quiz #1 Flow chart diagram: Different Ways to Make a Cloud (PDF file) 10/27 (Wed) Thought Questions: Some Clouds in California Hand-written notes on the First Law of Thermodynamics 10/25 (Mon) Thought Questions: Humidity Reading Assignment #5a: Chapter 5, "How Do Clouds Form?" (pp. 120-132) Thought Questions: Cloud Types Syllabus 10/20 (Wed) Reading Assignment #4: Chapter 4, "Humidity" (pp. 95-118)