Unit 4

From: Mölders and Kramm (2014)
From: Mölders and Kramm (2014)

This unit provides insight into the energetic of the atmosphere and permits predicting of the direction of energy fluxes. The unit is fundamental to later explain tropospheric circulations of various sizes.

Learning goal

After sucessful completion of this unit, students will be able to

  1. Apply the second law of thermodynamics to the atmosphere,/li>
  2. Apply the second law of thermodynamics to explain/describe meteorological reversible and irreversible processes
  3. Explain the direction of atmospheric processes

Students’ Tasks

  1. Watch this video on the material that will be discussed in class
  2. Read chapter 2.6 to 2.6.3.7 (included) of Lectures in Meteorology
  3. Answer the questions in this questionaire by 1500 AST the day before the next class. These questions guide you to take notes efficiently and help you to prepare your presentation.
  4. Prepare to present the material. Hint: Summarize the key points and practice to explain them by talking out loud. This practice helps you to improve your presentation skills.

Supplemental material

If you want to take notes on the slides of the video, here is the file.

Worked example problem

Show that the 2nd law of thermodynamics can tell us when an equilibrium is reached between two bodies in an isolated system. Watch the video for the solution

Student self-assessment (optional)

Question 1
Question 2
Test your knowledge by taking in this multiple choice quiz.

Class work

We will discuss the problems in this task sheet in class, among other things.