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MATH3454 Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

15 creditsClass Size: 100

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2005/06

Pre-requisites

For Maths/Math Engineering students: MATH2360 For Physics students: PHYS2160 For Geophysical Science students: MATH2450 For Joint Honours and Mathematical Studies students MATH2420

This module is approved as an Elective

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

(a) Describe consequences (such as the Taylor Proudman theorem) for the equations of motion for a rotating fluid;
(b) Calculate the flow in the classical Ekman boundary layer;
(c) Derive elementary consequences (such as Alfven's theorem) from the equations of magnetohydrodynamics;
(d) Solve the equations describing simple dynamo models.

Syllabus

(1) The governing equations of a rotating fluid.
(2) Ekman boundary layers.
(3) Rossby Waves.
(4) The governing equations of magnetohydrodynamics.
(5) Simple properties of these equations.
(6) Introduction to Dynamo theory.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Lectures: 20 hours.


Examples classes: 9 hours

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

3 hour examination at end of semester (100%)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/12/2004

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