Lab03 - AOS 311 Lab 3 Rotating Tank Experiment: Behavior of...

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AOS 311 Lab 3 – Rotating Tank Experiment: Behavior of a Shallow Water System Objective: Observe the behavior of a barotropic system through the use of the rotating tank. Relate those observations to known theory. Motivation: The shallow water system, while simple compared to the observed behavior of the atmosphere, gives us a glimpse of several important behaviors of that more complex system. Specifically, the behavior of a rotating fluid, which can be quite counter-intuitive compared to what we know about the behavior of a non-rotating fluid. Certain experiments, like the one that follows, can highlight important aspects of the rotating fluid system that would otherwise be obscured when one attempts to observe the entire, complex atmosphere at once. Assignment: Our shallow water system consists of a 16 in. by 16 in. square tank on a rotating platform. An obstruction is placed in the bottom of the tank, and the tank is allowed to come to solid-body rotation . Dye is injected into the tank above the obstruction:
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