EAS 5420

EAS 5420

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

Introduction to the basic equations and techniques used to understand motion in the atmosphere, with an emphasis on the space and time scales typical of storm systems (the "synoptic" scale). Derives the governing equations of atmospheric flow from first principles and applies them to mid-latitude meteorology. Topics include balanced flow, atmospheric waves, vorticity, and baroclinic instability. Students taking this course at the graduate level (EAS 5420) will have to complete additional questions on the biweekly problem sets and on the prelim and final exams.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: Familiarity with multivariate calculus is expected, (e.g. MATH 1910, MATH 2130, MATH 2220, or equivalent), and one semester of university physics.

Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG)

Outcomes
  • Fluently use concepts of advection, balance, buoyancy, vorticity, and others to describe atmospheric phenomena.
  • Demonstrate and derive equations describing atmospheric flows from physical conservation principals (momentum, mass, entropy) and scale analysis.
  • Apply and interpret these equations in relevant atmospheric conditions.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: EAS 3420

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 21345EAS 5420  LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisite: Familiarity with multivariate calculus (MATH 2130, MATH 2220, or MATH 2930 or equivalent); one semester of university physics.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.