Atmospheric Thermodynamics: Elementary Physics and Chemistry

Atmospheric Thermodynamics: Elementary Physics and Chemistry

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Gerald R. North, Tatiana L. Erukhimova
Cambridge University Press, 4/9/2009
EAN 9780521899635, ISBN10: 052189963X

Hardcover, 280 pages, 25.4 x 17.8 x 2 cm
Language: English

This textbook presents a uniquely integrated approach in linking both physics and chemistry to the study of atmospheric thermodynamics. The book explains the classical laws of thermodynamics, focuses on various fluid systems, and, recognising the increasing importance of chemistry in the meteorological and climate sciences, devotes a chapter to chemical thermodynamics which includes 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, and 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.

1. Introductory concepts
2. Gases
3. The first law of thermodynamics
4. Second law
5. Air and vapour
5. Profiles of the atmosphere
6. Thermodynamic charts
7. Thermochemistry
8. The thermodynamic equation
Units and numeral values of constants
Notations and abbreviations
Answers for selected problems

'... this volume provides an excellent introduction to the thermodynamics of the atmosphere required for more advanced studies in atmospheric dynamics and would provide an ideal complement to texts on synoptic meteorology. While aimed at undergraduate courses it would also be valuable to early graduate students moving into atmospheric science from other physical sciences; I wish it had been available when I first started studying meteorology.' The Geographical Journal