2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE2530 Atmospheric Physics
10 creditsClass Size: 40
Module manager: Prof Ken Carslaw
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualifications60% or more in SOEE1540 or A Level Physics
|SOEE1540||Phys for Environmental Science|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryYou will gain a solid foundation in the physical processes that govern the structure and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere. By the end of this module you will have an understanding of the thermodynamics of ideal gases, atmospheric phase changes of water, aerosol growth, cloud formation, the behaviour of light in the atmosphere, the effects of aerosols in climate and atmospheric electricity.An emphasis is put on the understanding of natural phenomena in terms of basic physics and applications of basic physics to real problems is stressed at all points. This module is taught in semester 2 and is assessed by a one and a half hour examination.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module students will have a solid foundation in the physical processes that govern the structure and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere. They will have an understanding of the thermodynamics of ideal gases, atmospheric phase changes of water, aerosol growth, cloud formation, the behaviour of light in the atmosphere, the effects of aerosols on climate and atmospheric electricity (lightning generation).
An emphasis is put on the understanding of natural phenomena in terms of basic physics and applications of basic physics to real problems is stressed at all points in the module.
Students will exercise their knowledge through a series of numerical, descriptive and graphical problems. Students will also develop skills in reporting scientific findings in a concise and accurate manner through computer project reports.
- Basic structure and composition of the hydrosphere (including hydrostatic equilibrium and stability).
- Kinetic theory and molecular velocities.
- Transport properties of gases (including diffusion).
- Basic thermodynamics of air.
- Atmospheric thermodynamics.
- Atmospheric water and phase diagrams.
- Evaporation and condensation of water (including cloud formation).
- Aerosols and clouds.
- Nucleation of ice particles.
- Thermal radiation.
- Radiative transfer in the atmosphere.
- Light scattering by aerosols and clouds.
- Radiative effects of atmospheric aerosols and clouds (climate effects).
- Atmospheric optical phenomena.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||81.00|
|Total Contact hours||19.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study- 33 hours: 3 hour reading/problem solving per lecture
- 12 hours: computer practical
- 36 hours: revision prior to exam.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackQuestions for understanding of each lecture/topic; weekly problem classes and feedback; marking and return of problem sheets; VLE based formative assessment.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Computer Exercise||Computer Practical||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||30.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||1 hr 30 mins||70.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||70.00|
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2018
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