Fall Semester 2014 (class number: 8022)

Instructor: Prof. Brian Rose
Office: ES 315
Email: brose -at- albany.edu
Phone: (518) 442-4477
Office hours:
Monday 1:30 - 2:30 pm and Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Meeting time: Tuesday, Thursday 8:55 – 10:05 AM
Meeting place: ES 232

Teaching Assistant: Christine Bloecker
Office: ES 346
Email: cbloecker -at- albany.edu
Office hours:
Monday 1:00 - 2:00 pm and Wednesday 4:10 - 5:00 pm

Prerequisites: A ATM 211, A PHY 150/151, A MAT 214, A MAT 311 (corequisite)

Course description:
Equations and concepts that provide the basis for describing and understanding atmospheric motion systems on planetary and synoptic scales; review of mathematical concepts and tools; kinematics of horizontal flows; fundamental and apparent forces; basic conservation laws; elementary applications of the equations of motion.

Syllabus (in pdf format)

Course Outline (in pdf format)

An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology (5th Ed.) by Holton and Hakim.
This course will cover Chapters 1-3. Subsequent chapters will be covered in ATM 317 and other courses.
Errata for this book are found here:
Two other very useful books:

Mid-Latitude Atmospheric Dynamics: a first course by Jonathan E. Martin (2006)
Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics: an introductory text by Marshall and Plumb (2007)

All three books are on reserve at the Science Library.

Final Exam:

Friday December 12, 3:30 - 5:30 pm in ES 232
Instructions for the final exam:
  • Exam covers the entire course
  • Bring a calculator
  • Bring one formula sheet: a single sheet of letter-size paper (front and back)
  • You write or draw anything you want on the formula sheet.