The following is the preliminary schedule for this semester. Deviations and updates may occur. The important thing is to keep up with the reading and come to class already having spent some time thinking about the material.
#  Date  Topics  Reading  Assignments  Remarks 
Week 1  
1  Wed Sep 7  Orientation, Problem solving review  Appendix B  HW #1a: B1, B2  Selfstudy questions for App. B 
L1  Fri Sep 9  –  Atmospheric thermal structure pp. 1828  Observed structure of the atmosphere  Selfstudy questions for Ch. 1 
Week 2  
2  Mon Sep 12  Atmos. pressure & density; Atmos. composition  1–12  HW#1b: 1.11.4  – 
3  Wed Sep 14  Temperature; Wind chill  1317, 3335  HW#1c: 1.5, 1.7, 1.8  – 
L2  Fri Sep 16  SkewT diagrams  4446  SkewT orientation 

Week 3  
4  Mon Sep 19  Air parcels; Working with system variables  4951 5260  HW#1 due. HW#2a: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3  Selfstudy questions for Ch. 2 & 3 
5  Wed Sep 21  Experimental properties of gases; The Ideal Gas Law; Dalton’s Law of Partial Pressures; Gas constant for dry air  6164 6567 68 6970  HW #2b: 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6  
L3  Fri Sep 23  –  3644  Radiosonde launch  Selfstudy questions for upper air obs. 
Week 4  
6  Mon Sep 26  Equation of state for moist air  7177  HW#2 due. HW#3a: 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11  – 
7  Wed Sep 28  Buoyancy Hydrostatic equation  7882 8387  HW #3b: 3.12, 3.13, 3.14  – 
L4  Fri Sep 30  Surface Observations I  –  
Week 5  
8  Mon Oct 3  Geopotential height; Hypsometric equation; “Thickness”  8891 9293 117122  HW#3 due. HW#4a: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4  Selfstudy questions for Ch. 4 
9  Wed Oct 5  Pressure profiles; Correction to sea level  93103; 10911  HW#4b: 4.6, 4.7, 4.8  
L5  Fri Oct7  –  –  Hypsometric equation  – 
Week 6  
10  Mon Oct 10  MIDTERM  –  HW#4 due.  – 
11  Wed Oct 12  Midterm discussion  –  1  – 
L6  Fri Oct 14  –  –  Pressure measurements and error analysis  – 
Week 7  
12  Mon Oct 17  Standard atmosphere; pressure and density altitude;pressure/height fields  111117;118122  HW#5a: 4.12, 4.13, 4.14, 4.16  – 
13  Wed Oct 19  PV work; 1st Law of TD  123135  HW#5b: 5.1, 5.3, 5.4  Selfstudy questions for Ch. 5 
L7  Fri Oct 21  –  –  Python Lab #1  – 
Week 8  
14  Mon Oct 24  Poisson’s eqn.; potential temp.; dry adiabats  136141 
HW#5 due. HW#6a: 5.6, 5.7 
Petty on travel 
15  Wed Oct 26  Heat engines; cyclic processes  142149  HW#6b: 5.8  Petty on travel 
L8  Fri Oct 28  –  –  –  Petty on travel 
Week 9  
16  Mon Oct 31  Reversible and irreversible processes; enthalpy;  150154  HW#6 due; HW#7a: 5.95.12  – 
17  Wed Nov 2  subsidence inversions; diabatic processes; energy on a SkewT  154160  HW#7B: 5.13  – 
L9  Fri Nov 4  –  –  –  – 
Week 10  
18  Mon Nov 7  Entropy and the 2nd Law of TD  163166  Selfstudy questions Ch. 6  
19  Wed Nov 9  Water vapor saturation  167176  HW#8: 7.1. Also: Given e=1000 Pa and T=20C, use Fig. 7.3 to estimated RH, Td  Selfstudy questions Ch. 7 
L10  Fri Nov 11  –  –  Observations II  – 
Week 11  
20  Mon Nov 14  MIDTERM (through p. 175)  
21  Wed Nov 16  Midterm discussion  –  –  – 
L11  Fri Nov 18  –  
Week 12  
22  Mon Nov 21  ClausiusClapeyron equation  176185  HW#9a: 7.2, 7.3, 7.5, 7.7, 7.8  – 
23  Wed Nov 23  Dry adiabatic processes and moisture variables  185195  HW#9b: 7.9, 7.13  To answer the perennial question: Yes, I am obligated to hold class today. 
X  Fri Nov 25  –  –  –  Thanksgiving Break 
Week 13  
24  Mon Nov 28  Moist adiabatic lapse rate;  195203  –  
25  Wed Nov 30 
204209, 222227 
HW#10: 7.16, 7.17, 7.20, 7.21, 7.22  
L12  Fri Dec 2  –  –  –  
Week 14  
26  Mon Dec 5  –  228237  HW#11a: 7.23, 7.24.  – 
27  Wed Dec 7  Dry static stability  239248  HW#11b: 8.1  Selfstudy questions for Ch. 8 
L13  Fri Dec 9  –  –  Scavenger hunt 
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Week 15  
28  Mon Dec 12  Conditional instability; convective instability  249258 
HW#11 due: Due Friday afternoon by 5pm (place in Luke’s box). 

29  Wed Dec 14  CAPE, CIN, Deep convection  258278  –  – 
L14  Fri Dec 16  –  –  no class / study day  – 
Finals Week 

F  Mon Dec 19  Final exam, 2:454:45 

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