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Atmospheric Science 4310 / 7310. Atmospheric Thermodynamics By Anthony R. Lupo. Syllabus. Atmospheric Thermodynamics ATMS 4310 MTWR 9:00 – 9:50 / 4 credit hrs. Location: 1-120 Agruculture Building Class Ref#: 15505 Instructor: A.R. Lupo Address: 302 E ABNR Building Phone: 88-41638 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Atmospheric Science 4310 / 7310Atmospheric ThermodynamicsByAnthony R. Lupo

  • SyllabusAtmospheric ThermodynamicsATMS 4310MTWR 9:00 9:50 / 4 credit hrs.Location: 1-120 Agruculture BuildingClass Ref#: 15505

    Instructor:A.R. LupoAddress:302 E ABNR or Class

    Office hours:MTWR 10:00 10:50 302 E ABNR Building

  • SyllabusGrading Policy: Straight97 100A+77 79C+92 97A72 77C89 92A-69 72C-87 89B+67 69D+82 87B62 67D79 82 B-60 62D-< 60 F

    Grading Distribution:Final Exam20%2 Tests40%Homework/Labs 35%Class participation5% (Note, you WILL lose 1 point for each unexcused absence, up to 5 points. This IS a half-letter grade, keep that in mind!)

    Attendance Policy: Shouldnt be an issue!

  • SyllabusTexts:

    Holton, J.R., 2004: An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, 4th Inter, 535 pp. (Required)

    Bluestein, H.B., 1992: Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in the Mid-latitudes Vol I: Priciples of Kinematics and Dynamics. Oxford University Press, 431 pp.

    Hess, S.L., 1959: An Introduction to Theoretical Meteorology. Robert E. Kreiger Publishing Co., Inc., 362 pp.

    Zdunkowski, W., and A. Bott, 2003: Dynamics of the Atmosphere: A course in Theoretical Meteorology. Cambridge University Press, 719 pp. (a good math review)

    Zdunkowski, W., and A. Bott, 2004: Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere: A course in Theoretical Meteorology. Cambridge University Press, 251 pp.

    Various relevant articles from AMS and RMS Journals.

    Course Prerequisites:Atmospheric Science 1050, Calculus through Math 1700, Physics 2750, or their equivalents. Senior standing or the permission of the Instructor.

  • SyllabusCalendar: Wednesday is Lab exercise day

    Week 1:21222324 August Introduction and Friday makeup arrangements. Intro. To Atms. 4310. Lab 1: The Thermodynamic diagram and upper air information.

    Week 2:28293031 August / September Fri. makeup 1, 1 September. Lab 2: Adiabatic Motions in the Atmosphere.

    Week 3:hh567 September Mon., Labour Day Holiday / Fri makeup 2, 8 September. Lab 3: The Thermodynamic Diagram: Examining Moist Processes. Week 4:11121314 September Fri. makeup 3, 15 September, Lab 5 Lab 4: The Thickness Equation and its Uses in Operational Meteorology. (move up other labs)

    Week 5:1819 2021 September Friday make up 4, 22 September, Lab 5 the Lapse Rates of Special Atmospheres. Test 1 22 Sept., covering material to 19 Sept.?

    Week 6:2526 27 28 September Friday 29 September makeup 5.Lab 6: Using Thermodynamic diagrams to Determine Water Vapor Variables.

    Week 7:2345October Friday makeup 6, 6 October. Lab 7: Estimating Vertical Motions Using the First Law of Thermodynamics.

  • SyllabusWeek 8:nnnnnnnnOctober No Class, UCAR-NCAR member rep meetings and Heads and Chairs. Lab 8: Atmospheric Stability I: Special Forecasting Problems: Fog Formation.

    Week 9:nnnnnnnnOctober Gone to Cleveland, OH NWA meet.Lab 9: Atmospheric Stability II: Special Forecasting Problems: Air Pollution.

    Week 10:23242526 October Makeup 7, 27 OctoberLab 10: Severe Weather: The Synoptic-Scale sets the table.

    Week 11:303112 October / November Makeup 8, 3 November Test covering material to 1 November. Lab 11: Using Thermodynamic diagrams in forecasting Convective Outbreaks.

    Week 12:nnnnnnnn November Severe and Local Storms Conference in Saint, Louis, MO. Lab 12: Estimating Various Stability Indicies in real-time.

    Week 13:13141516November Makeup number 9, 17 November Lab 13: Severe Weather I: Using thermodynamic diagrams: Super Cell Formation and Wind Gust Estimation.

    Week 14:hhhhhhhhNovember No classes Turkey day week!

    Week 15:27282930November / December Make up number 10, 1 December. Lab 14: Severe Weather II:Using thermodynamic diagrams: Hail Formation

    Week 16:4567December Makeup 11, 8 Dec., Final 8 Dec.?Lab 15: Severe Weather III: Using thermodynamic diagrams: Maximum Windgust and Microburst.

    Finals Week:11 15 December

  • SyllabusATMS 4310 Final Exam

    The Exam will be quasi-comprehensive. Most of the material will come from the final third of the course, however, important concepts (which I will explicitly identify) will be tested. All tests and the final exam will use materials from the Lab excercises! Thus, all material is fair game! The final date and time is:

    Friday, 15 December 2006 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in ABNR 1-120

    University Important Dates CalendarAugust 14-18 FS2006 Regular RegistrationAugust 16 Residence Halls open 9:00 a.m.August 18 Easy Access registration - noon - 6:00 p.m.August 21 Classwork begins 8:00 a.m.August 21 Late Registration and Add/Drop - Late fee assessedbeginning August 21August 28 Last day to register, add, or change sectionsAugust 29-Sept. 25 Drop OnlySeptember 4 Labor day HolidaySeptember 5 Last day to change grading optionSeptember 18 (Census Day) - Last day to register for CDIS coursesfor FallSeptember 25 Last day to drop course without grade

  • SyllabusTBA WS2007 Early Registration AppointmentsOctober 30 Last day to withdraw from a course - FS2006November 15 Last day to change divisionsNovember 18 Thanksgiving recess begins, close of dayNovember 27 Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m.December 8 Fall semester classwork endsDecember 8 Last day to withdraw from UniversityDecember 9 Reading DayDecember 11 Final examinations beginDecember 15 Fall semester ends at close of dayDecember 15-16 Commencement Weekend*Please note: This calendar is subject to change

  • SyllabusSyllabus **

    Introductory and Background Material, including a math review (Calculus III)

    The Thermodynamics of Dry Air


    The Thermodynamics of Moist Air

    Static Stability and Convection

    Vertical Stability, Instability, and Convection*

    Cloud Microphysics *

    The Thunderstorm and Non-hydrostatic Pressure *

    *These topics will be taught if there is time. All Lecture schedules are tentative!**Students with special need are encouraged to schedule an appointment with me as soon as possible!

  • SyllabusSpecial Statements:

    ADA Statement (reference: MU sample statement)

    Please do not hesitate to talk to me!

    If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform me immediately. Please see me privately after class, or at my office. Office location: 302 E ABNR Building Office hours : ________________ To request academic accommodations (for example, a notetaker), students must also register with Disability Services, AO38 Brady Commons, 882-4696. It is the campus office responsible for reviewing documentation provided by students requesting academic accommodations, and for accommodations planning in cooperation with students and instructors, as needed and consistent with course requirements. Another resource, MU's Adaptive Computing Technology Center, 884-2828, is available to provide computing assistance to students with disabilities.Academic Dishonesty (Reference: MU sample statement and policy guidelines) Any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty is subject to disciplinary action.

  • SyllabusThe procedures for disciplinary action will be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the University governing disciplinary action.

    Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably required, developed, and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences that range from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, or collaboration, consult the instructor. In cases of suspected plagiarism, the instructor is required to inform the provost. The instructor does not have discretion in deciding whether to do so.

    It is the duty of any instructor who is aware of an incident of academic dishonesty in his/her course to report the incident to the provost and to inform his/her own department chairperson of the incident. Such report should be made as soon as possible and should contain a detailed account of the incident (with supporting evidence if appropriate) and indicate any action taken by the instructor with regard to the student's grade. The instructor may include an opinion of the seriousness of the incident and whether or not he/she considers disciplinary action to be appropriate. The decision as to whether disciplinary proceedings are instituted is made by the provost. It is the duty of the provost to report the disposition of such cases to the instructor concerned.

  • SyllabusLab Exercise Write-up Format: All lab write-ups are due at the beginning of the next lab Wednesday. Grading format also given.

    Total of 100 ptsNameLab #Atms 4310Neatness and Grammar 10 ptsDate Due

    TitleIntroduction: brief discussion of relevant background material (5 pts)

    Purpose: brief discussion of why performed (5 pts)

    Data used: brief discussion of data used if relevant (5 pts)

    Procedure: (15 pts)1.2.

  • Syllabus

    Results: brief discussion of results (50 pts)

    observationsdiscussion (answer all relevant questions here)

    Summary and Conclusions (10 pts)



    Write-ups need to be the appropriate length for the exercise


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