Unit 6

Phase Transition processes

So far we considered the moist atmosphere at conditions far away from saturation. We also applied the first and second laws of thermodynamics only to the dry atmosphere.  This unit will combine these aspects so that we can describe all three phases of water in the atmosphere (water vapor, water, and ice).


Learning goal

Describing phase transition processes in terms of their thermodynamics quantitatively and qualitatively.

Application of known material to a new problem by using the example of the laws of thermodynamics (learned already) to derive the Clausius Clapeyron equation (new material) from scratch.

Students’ Tasks

  1. Watch this video on the material
  2. Read chapter 2.8 of Lectures in Meteorology
  3. ATM401: Answer the questionnaire by Thursday 2359 AST. ATM601/Chem601: Summarize the material, copy it into this form and answer the questions
  4. Answer the questionnaire by Thursday 2359 AST.
  5. All students: Solve the problems in this Unit 6 task sheet, scan and submit your solutions here by Thursday 2359 AST.

Supplemental material

You can find the slides used in the video here.



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