Schedule – Spring 2017

This schedule, which may be updated or revised frequently as we go along, gives the approximate pace at which I will cover the topics in the book, which we will go through from cover to cover (not counting the appendix) with only a few possible omissions depending on time.
Please keep in mind that you are responsible for the assigned reading even if I don’t necessarily cover some topics in class.

# Date Topics Reading Assignments Remarks
Week 1
1 Tue Jan 17 Course overview; What is radiation? 1–16 All problems in the assigned reading except where noted. I will spot check only. Solutions will be provided for self-checking. Install miniconda Python 2.7 distribution w/ numpy and matplotlib
2 Thu Jan 19 Physical properties of radiation. 17–30
Week 2
3 Tue Jan 24 Flux and intensity 30-45 HW1 due (previous week’s material). IN ADDITION, turn in this Python assignment.
4 Thu Jan 26 The EM spectrum 46–73
Week 3
5 Tue Jan 31 Refraction & reflection in homogeneous media 74–95 HW2 due
6 Thu Feb 2 Radiative properties of natural surfaces 96–112
Week 4
7 Tue Feb 7 Introduce Streamer Project HW3 due
8 Thu Feb 9 Thermal emission 113–130
Week 5
9 Tue Feb 14 Simple radiative budget problems 131–148 HW4 due
10 Thu Feb 16 Applications of thermal imaging 148–154
Week 6
11 Tue Feb 21 Transmission and optical properties 155–174 HW5 due
12 Thu Feb 23 Transmission spectrum of the atmosphere 175–187
Week 7
13 Tue Feb 28 Absorption weighting functions; transmission in clouds 188–203 HW6 due
14 Thu Mar 2 Atmospheric emission 204–218
Week 8
15 Tue Mar 7 Applications in remote sensing 219–235 Streamer project due
16 Thu Mar 9 Introduce Weighting Function project HW7 due
Week 9
17 Tue Mar 14 MIDTERM (Chs. 1–8)
18 Thu Mar 16 MIDTERM DISCUSSION
Spring Break
X Tue Mar 21 Spring Break
X Thu Mar 23 Spring Break
Week 10
19 Tue Mar 28 236-250
20 Thu Mar 30 251-267
Week 11
21 Tue Apr 4 267-282 HW8 due
22 Thu Apr 6 Introduce Monte Carlo project
Week 12
23 Tue Apr 11 283-296 HW9 due Weighting function project due.
24 Thu Apr 13 297-307
Week 13
25 Tue Apr 18 308-319 HW10 due
26 Thu Apr 20 320-342
Week 14
27 Tue Apr 25 343-364 HW11 due
28 Thu Apr 27 365-386
Week 15
29 Tue May 2 387-405 HW12 due
30 Thu May 4 406-426 Monte Carlo project due
Final FINAL EXAM —