ATMOS 5100 Lecture Plan & Reading Schedule 
Date 
Lecture Topic 
Reading Assignments (Holton & Hakim)
 Homework

01/10/22 
Introduction; Dimension and Units 
1.1 
#1 
01/12/22 
Vector operator, differentiation, and integration 
Handouts

#2 
01/17/22 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; University Holiday 
* 
* 
01/19/22 
Basic and Apparent forces 
1.2 & 1.3

#3 
01/24/22 
Structure of static atmosphere 
1.4 
#4 
01/26/22 
Kinematics; Total differentiation; Vectorial form of the momentum equation 
1.5; 2.1, 2.2 
#5 
02/31/22 
Scalar form of the momentum equation; Scale Analysis 
2.3; 1.6 
#6 
02/02/22 
Scale analysis of the equations of motion; Rossby number 
2.4 
#7 
02/07/22 
Continuity equation; Review
 2.5 
#8 
02/09/22 
Thermodynamic energy equation; Review
 2.6

#9 
02/14/22 
Exam I  *

* 
02/16/22 
Review Exam I; Thermodynamics of Dry air and moist atmosphere  2.7 & 2.9

#10 
02/21/22 
President Day; University Holiday 
* 
* 
02/23/22 
Pressure coordinate; Basic equation in isobaric coordinates

3.1 
#11 
02/28/22 
Balanced flow (1) 
3.2
 #12 
03/02/22 
Project (Self Study; no class) 
*
 #13 
03/0613/22  Spring Break (no class)
 *

* 
03/14/22 
Balanced flow (2); Trajectories and streamlines 
3.2 3.3
 #14 
03/16/22  The thermal wind; Barotropic and baroclinic atmosphere
 3.4

#15 
03/21/22  The vertical motion
 3.5

#16 
03/23/22  The vertical motion; Surface pressure tendency.
 3.53.6

#17 
03/28/22  The circulation theorem
 4.1

#18 
03/30/22  Exam II
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04/04/22  Vorticity  4.2 
#19 
04/06/22  Vorticity Equation
 4.3 
#20 
04/11/22  Potential vorticity; Shallow Water Equations
 4.4 and 4.5 
#21 
04/13/22 
Potential Vorticity Equation and Applications
 4.5 
#22 
04/18/22 
Barotropic Potential Vorticity

4.5 
#23 
04/20/22 
Review  *

* 
04/25/22 
Exam III  *

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Note:
The lecture schedule could be adjusted during the semester
