ESCI 341 – Atmospheric Thermodynamics

  1. Math Review
  2. Definitions
  3. First Law of Thermodynamics       Answers
  4. Ideal Gases                                          Answers
  5. Enthalpy/specific heat
  6. Thermodynamic Processes              Answers
  7. Vertical Structure
  8. Stability of Dry Air
  9. Entropy                                                Answers
  10. Physical Meaning of Entropy
  11. Second Law of Thermodynamics   Answers
  12. Energy Minimum Principle
  13. Phase changes
  14. Curved Droplets and Solutions
  15. Humidity
  16. Pseudoadiabatic Processes
  17. Thermodynamic Diagrams
  18. Use of the Skew-T Diagram

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