Atmospheric Thermodynamics

Elementary Physics and Chemistry

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ATMOSPHERIC THERMODYNAMICS Elementary Physics and Chemistry

This textbook presents a uniquely integrated approach in linking both physics and chemistry to the study of atmospheric thermodynamics.

The book begins by explaining the classical laws of thermodynamics, and discusses Gibbs energy and the elementary kinetic theory of gases with special applications to the atmosphere. Individual chapters focus on various fluid systems, including vapor pressure over flat and curved surfaces of pure liquids and solutions, and examine the vertical dependence of temperature and pressure for environmental sounding and moving air parcels. Recognizing the increasing importance of chemistry in the meteorological and climate sciences, a chapter is devoted to chemical thermodynamics and contains an overview of photochemistry.

Although students are expected to have some background knowledge of calculus, general chemistry and classical physics, the book provides set-aside refresher boxes as useful reminders. It contains over 100 diagrams and graphs to supplement the discussions. It also contains a similar number of worked examples and exercises, with solutions included at the end of the book. It is ideal for a single-semester advanced course on atmospheric thermodynamics, and will prepare students for higher-level synoptic and dynamics courses.

gerald r. north received aPh.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1966, and has been a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University for over 20 years. His notable research career includes receiving the Outstanding Publication Award, National Center for Atmospheric Research in 1975, the Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for NASA in 1983, and the Jule G. Charney Award from the American Meteorological Society in 2008.

tatiana l. erukhimova received a Ph.D. in Physics from the Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, in 1999, and is now a Lecturer in the Department of Physics at Texas A&M University. Her areas of research include large-scale and mesoscale atmospheric transport and mixing, atmospheric wave dynamics, atmospheric ozone, and remote sensing.

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