Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry

Introduction to atmospheric circulation, radiation transfer, thermodynamics and radiation balance as they determine the vertical structure of the atmosphere and regulate the surface temperature. Kinetics, modeling, and reaction systems as they relate to air pollution and ozone chemistry in the stratosphere and troposphere. Course includes a student-designed laboratory/field project related to local air pollution issues. (Not offered 2022-23).

Prerequisite: Environmental Program 212 or Chemistry & Biochemistry 108 and Physics 241 or Physics 251.

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An upper-level investigation of the azure, introducing students to atmospheric circulation, radiation transfer, thermodynamics and radiation balance.
Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
The course introduces students to atmospheric circulation, radiation transfer, thermodynamics and radiation balance as they determine the vertical structure of the atmosphere and regulate the surface temperature. Kinetics, modeling, and reaction systems as they relate to air pollution and ozone chemistry in the stratosphere and troposphere. As an upper level class with several perquisites, Environmental Science majors will apply the skills and lessons they learned in their introductory courses to design a laboratory/field project related to local air pollution. This class meets the Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.
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