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Unformatted text preview: ATMO-446 Physical Meteorology Spring Semester, 2008
TR 8:00 AM - 9:15AM in CSA 303 Instructor: Dr. Richard Orville
Ofﬁce: 1110B Eller 0&M Building
Email: [email protected] Phone: 979-845—9422 Ofﬁce hours: TBA Required texts: (Sorry, but yes, you really need BOTH of these!) I. A Short Course in Cloud Physics, 3rd edition, by R.R. Rogers and MK.
2. A First Course in Atmospheric Radiation, 2nd edition, by Grant W. Petty. Supplemental reference texts: 1.. Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, by 1M. Wallace and RV.
Hobbs, 2006. (For reinforcement, or just a second perspective, if you are struggling with
concepts in either of the required texts.) 2. The Physics of Atmospheres, 3rd edition, by J. Houghton, 2006. (A good reference for
radiation and related topics.) 3. An Introduction to Atmospheric Physics, by R.G. Fleagle and 1A. Businger, 1980.
(Graduate level, if you are interested in more details on a particulate topic.) Course Assignments and Grades:
There will 2 tests during regular class hours, and the dates of these in class quizzes are to
be determined. A ﬁnal exam will be given on May 5th, Monday, ﬁom 1-3 pm. Grades will be weighted as follows:
Tests 50% (2 tests at 25% each) Tests to be given 1/3 and 2/3 through the course; dates to be determined.
Final 40% Homework and In-Class Assignments: 10% Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
A: 90-100%, B= 80-89%, C=70-79%, D 60-69%, F 59% and below.
The instructor reserves the right to curve the grading scale, as needed. 1
i Late policy: For full credit, homework must be turned in on the day it is due. Late
homework may be turned in, but the grade will be penalized 10%. Unscheduled absences from exams will receive a grade of zero. Approval to miss an exam must be granted by the instructor 24 hours in advance. Also, you must schedule a
makeup exam with the instrument within one week of the regularly scheduled exam. Topics to be covered in this course: Unit 1: Aerosols and Cloud Microphysical Processes Topics: Readings: 1. Atmospheric Aerosols and Clouds Introduction, no reading
2. Observed Properties of Clouds R&W, Chapter 5. 3. Cloud Droplet Formation R&W, Chapter 6. 4. Droplet Growth by Condensation R&W, Chapter 7. 5. Warm Cloud Precipitation R&W, Chapter 8. 6. Ice Nucleation and Ice Crystal Growth R&W, Chapter 9. 7. Lightning Instructor notes Unit 2. - Radiation Topics: Readings: 1. Why Radiation is important to Petty, Chapter 1. Climate and Weather 2. Electromagnetic Radiation Petty, Chapter 2-3 3. Thermal Emission Petty, Chapter 6.
Blackbody radiation Section 6.1
Emissivity Section 6.2
Applications Section 6.3-6.4 4. Radiative properties of natural surfaces Petty, Chapter 5. 5. Atmospheric Transmission Petty, Chapter 7 6. Atmospheric Emission Petty, Chapter 8
Schwarzschild' equation Section 8.1
Radiative Transfer in a plane parallel Section 8.2 atmosphere Applications Section 8.3 Important Dates: April 24, Thursday: Last day of 446 lecture
April 29, Tues. TAMU last day of class. Re-deﬁned day: Go to your Friday class.
May 5th, Monday: Final exam will be given, from 1-3 pm. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy Statement The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that
provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other
things, the legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning
environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you
believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Department
of Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities, in Cain Hall or call 845-1637. Academic Integrity Statement According to Student Rule 20.1.3, plagiarism occurs when a writer does not cite sources
of information or uses work done by someone else as if it were his or her own. You
should credit your use of anyone else's words, graphic images, or ideas using standard
citation styles. If I should discover that you have failed to properly credit sources or have
used a paper written by someone else, I will recommend that you receive an F in this
course. You will have the right to submit a written appeal to the department head, as
outlined in Student Rule 52. If you have more questions about plagiarism or syllabi, you can visit the University
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- Spring '08