PhysicsPHYS 170 Atmospheric Dynamics

An introduction to the dynamics of the earth's and planetary atmospheres. Equations of motion for rotating systems. Scale analysis. Thermodynamics. Planetary boundary layer. Waves and instabilities. The general circulation. Numerical modeling. Predictability. Dynamics of atmospheres of other planets. Designed for beginning graduate students in marine sciences and upper-division science majors. Students cannot receive credit for this course and Marine Sciences 270. Students who have completed course 5C instead of course 6C may enroll in this course with permission of the board office.