We will primarily utilize the book by Holton and Hakim, with occasional referral to a book by Vallis book and Stull's online practical meteorology book. The references are below. Notes will be provided online as well.

The class will consist of three closed-book exams (70% of grade) and a final (30% of grade). While this is a long-distance class, we will have study sessions before the exams in Jackson. Homework will also be assigned to assist with the exams, and if the homework grades are beneficial, the grade will be redistributed as 45% exams, 25% homework, and 30% final.The homework can only help your grade and assist with exam preparation, so I encourage everyone to try.

This class will cover the first five chapters in Holton and Hakim (HH). Topics include: forces and reference frames, static relationships and vertical coordinate systems, kinematics, scale analysis, total derivatives, the equations of motion in all fundamental forms, the continuity equation, balanced flow, trajectories and streamlines, the thermal wind, vorticity, and wave solutions. Applications to the atmosphere, weather analysis, and weather prediction will be clarified throughout the class.

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An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Volume 88, Fifth Edition (International Geophysics) 5th Edition

by James R. Holton and Gregory J Hakim

ISBN-13: 978-0123848666

ISBN-10: 0123848660

Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics: Fundamentals and Large-scale Circulation 1st Edition

by Geoffrey K. Vallis

ISBN-13: 978-0521849692

ISBN-10: 0521849691

Stull's online book "Practical Meteorology": http://www.eoas.ubc.ca/books/Practical_Meteorology/

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Tentative Schedule

January to early February- Chapter 1, HH

Exam 1 - Monday, February 6

February 8 to mid-March - Chapters 2 and 3, HH

Exam 2 - Wednesday, March 8

Mid-March to mid-April, Chapter 4 and 5, HH

Exam 3 - Wednesday, April 12

Week of April 17 -- Review, some new material

Final exam - Wednesday, April 26, 1PM