MR3321 Air-Ocean Fluid Dynamics

A foundation course for studies of atmospheric and oceanographic motions. The governing dynamical equations for rotating stratified fluids are derived from fundamental physical laws. Topics include: the continuum hypothesis, real and apparent forces, derivations and applications of the governing equations, coordinate systems, scale analysis, simple balanced flows, boundary conditions, thermal wind, barotropic and baroclinic conditions, circulation, vorticity, and divergence.


Multivariable calculus and vectors; ordinary differential equations (may be taken concurrently)

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  • Fall
  • Spring