Course Description
In this course, we will look at many important aspects of the circulation of the atmosphere and ocean, from length scales of meters to thousands of km and time scales ranging from seconds to years. We will assume familiarity with concepts covered in course 12.003 (Physics of the Fluid Earth). In the early stages of the present course, we will make somewhat greater use of math than did 12.003, but the math we will use is no more than that encountered in elementary electromagnetic field theory, for example. The focus of the course is on the physics of the phenomena which we will discuss.
Grading
The assessment will be in three parts (with weight toward final grade):
Homework  Five Assignments 
40% 
Two Midterm Quizzes 
20% (10% each) 
A Final Exam (Closed book) 
40% 

Assignments are handed out approximately every two weeks and on material covered in the previous 2 weeks.
There is no set text  notes will be handed out at each class and references for background or further reading will be pointed out wherever I think they will be useful.
Calendar
All homework assignments are due one week from the assigned session.
1 
Shallow Water Gravity Waves 

2 
Shallow Water Gravity Waves(cont.) 

3 
Deep Water Gravity Waves 

4 
Deep Water Gravity Waves (cont.) 
Homework 1 assigned 
5 
Internal Gravity Waves 

6 
Internal Gravity Waves (cont.) 

7 
MidTerm Quiz 1 

8 
Tides 

9 
Tides (cont.) 
Homework 2 assigned 
10 
Largescale Motions on a Rotating Earth 

11 
Largescale Motions on a Rotating Earth (cont.) 

12 
Rossby Waves and Planetary Scale Motions 

13 
Rossby Waves and Planetary Scale Motions (cont.) 
Homework 3 assigned 
14 
MidTerm Quiz 2 

15 
Baroclinic Instability and Midlatitude Storms 

16 
Baroclinic Instability and Midlatitude Storms (cont.) 

17 
The Equatorial Atmosphere and Ocean 

18 
The Equatorial Atmosphere and Ocean (cont.) 
Homework 4 assigned 
19 
El Niño and the Southern Oscillation 

20 
El Niño and the Southern Oscillation (cont.) 

21 
Tropical Cyclones (Hurricanes, Typhoons) 

22 
Tropical Cyclones (Hurricanes, Typhoons) (cont.) 
Homework 5 assigned 
23 
Final Exam 

