Applied Thermodynamics for Meteorologists by Sam Miller

By Sam Miller

This textbook on atmospheric thermodynamics is for college kids of meteorology or atmospheric technological know-how. It additionally serves as a reference textual content for operating execs in meteorology and climate forecasting. it truly is distinctive since it presents whole, calculus-based derivations of easy physics from first rules, and connects mathematical relationships to real-world, sensible climate forecasting purposes. labored examples and perform difficulties are integrated all through.

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The first simplifying assumption we make is that air is an ideal gas – that is, one with molecules that behave like simple billiard balls without an electrical charge. Most gases can be treated as “ideal”2 when the density is low enough that the combined volume of the molecules of the gas is much smaller than the total volume of space the gas occupies. Further:3 · The molecules of the gas are in random motion (they move in all directions, and the same number of molecules move in any given direction).

4f) fundamental quantities. For example, for diatomic oxygen gas: where the square brackets on the left-hand side (LHS) of the equation indicate the molar mass of O2 molecules. 02 × 1026 particles. It increases by about 1 percent as the pressure decreases from 1,000 to 100 hPa, and by about 10 percent as the temperature increases from 0 to 25°C. If they’re not sure they’ve computed some quantity correctly, they can ask their professors or teaching assistants to look at it with them, or they can check a solutions manual.

Some Skew-Ts include additional isopleths, but we won’t go into that in this text. Pressure scale is at left and is in units of millibars [mb], which are the same as hecto-Pascals [hPa]. Temperature scales ([K]; [°C]) are on the horizontal axis (also highlighted). Mixing ratio [gvapor/kgdry air] scale is across the bottom of the diagram (highlighted in yellow). Dry adiabats are discussed at length in Chapter 5. Below temperatures of −40°C (highlighted by heavy blue line), moist adiabats are essentially parallel to dry adiabats.

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