EART 164 – PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES
Spring 2013 Class Notes
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Timing/Location: Mon/Wed/Fri from 2:00 to 3:10 in E&MS D236
Office hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 3:15 to 4:15 in E&MS A219 (or by appointment)
Course Goals: To provide an introduction into how we use remote-sensing observations and modeling to obtain a quantitative understanding of the structure, dynamics, composition and evolution of planetary atmospheres.
Course Outline: see below
Text: F.W. Taylor, Planetary Atmospheres, Oxford Univ. Press (2010), available in the bookstore.
Approximate Grading Scheme:
40% Weekly homeworks (due each Monday)
Late homework will be penalized at 10% per day.
EART160 is a prerequisite.
I am also going to assume some familiarity with ordinary differential equations.
Collaboration on homework assignments is permitted and encouraged. But the work that you hand in must be your own i.e. if I ask you to reproduce your work on the board without your notes, you must be able to do so. If you are ever unsure about the appropriate level of collaboration, please ask.
If you use the textbook or other outside sources (such as web sites) then you must cite the source that you use.
If you qualify for classroom accommodations because of a disability, please get an Accommodation Authorization from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and submit it to me in person outside of class (e.g. office hour) within the first two weeks of the quarter. Contact DRC at (831) 459-2089.
Week 1 (April 1): Introduction, overview, basics.
Week 2 (April 8): Energy balance, temperature.
Week 3 (April 15): Composition and chemistry.
Week 4 (April 22): Clouds and dust.
Week 5 (April 29): Radiative Transfer.
Midterm (Mon Apr 29th). BRING A CALCULATOR!
Week 6 (May 6): Dynamics 1.
Week 7 (May 13): Dynamics 2.
Week 8 (May 20): Exoplanets.
Week 9 (May 27): Evolution and climate change.
Week 10 (June 3): Recap.
Final exam is Mon 10th June 7:30-10:30 p.m. in D236
Here is the formula sheet.