SES # | TOPICS | READINGS | LABS | KEY DATES |
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1 | Introduction | Introduction | Lab experiment 0: Rotation stiffens fluids | |

2 | Characteristics of the atmosphere | Chapter 1 | ||

3 | Equation of state for the dry and moist air | Chapter 1 | ||

4 | Earth's radiation budget | Chapter 2 | ||

5 | Greenhouse effect: I | Chapter 2 | ||

6 | Greenhouse effect: II | Chapter 2 | Problem set 1 due | |

7 | Vertical structure of the atmosphere | Chapter 3 | ||

8 | Convection in water | Chapter 4 | Lab experiment 2: Convection | |

9 | Convection in water (cont.) | Chapter 4 | Problem set 2 due | |

10 | Convection in water (cont.) | Chapter 4 | ||

11 | Dry convection in air | Chapter 4 | ||

12 | Potential temperature | Chapter 4 | Problem set 3 due | |

13 | Moist convection in air: I | Chapter 4 | Lab experiment 1: Cloud formation on adiabatic expansion | |

14 | Moist convection in air: II | Chapter 4 | Problem set 4 due | |

15 | Meridional structure of the atmosphere | Chapter 5 | ||

16 | Partial differential equations | Chapter 6 | Problem set 5 due | |

17 | Radial inflow experiment | Chapter 6 | Lab experiment 3: Radial inflow | Midterm due |

18 | Equations of motion for non-rotating fluids | Chapter 6 | ||

19 | Equations of motion for rotating fluids | Chapter 6 | Lab experiment 4: Parabolic table | |

20 | Inertial motions | Chapter 6 | Lab experiment 5: Inertial circles | |

21 | Equations of motion on a sphere | Chapter 6 | Presentations | |

22 | Geostrophic balance | Chapter 7 | ||

23 | Taylor-Proudman theorem | Chapter 7 | Lab experiment 6: Perrot's bathtub experiment | |

24 | Thermal wind | Chapter 7 | Lab experiment 8: Thermal wind and Hadley circulation | |

25 | Ekman layers | Chapter 7 | Lab experiment 9: Slope of a frontal surface | Problem set 6 due |

26 | The general circulation of the atmosphere | Chapter 8 | Lab experiment 7: Taylor columns | |

27 | Physical characteristics of the ocean | Chapter 9 | ||

28 | The observed ocean circulation | Chapter 9 | Problem set 7 due | |

29 | Ekman layers in the ocean | Chapter 10 | ||

30 | Ekman layers in the laboratory | Chapter 10 | Lab experiment 10: Ekman layers | |

31 | Taylor-Proudman on the sphere | Chapter 10 | Lab experiment 11: Atmospheric general circulation | Problem set 8 due |

32 | The wind driven ocean circulation | Chapter 10 | ||

33 | The abyssal ocean circulation | Chapter 11 | Lab experiment 12: Ekman pumping and suction | |

34 | Turbulent mixing and the abyssal ocean circulation | Chapter 12 | ||

35 | The atmospheric and oceanic energy budget | Chapter 12 | ||

36 | The Earth's heat budget | Chapter 12 | Problem set 9 due | |

37 | Review | |||

38 | Review (cont.) |