Fundamentals of Atmospheric PhysicsFundamentals of Atmospheric Physics emphasizes the interrelationships of physical and dynamical meteorology. The text unifies four major subject areas: atmospheric thermodynamics, hydrostatic equilibrium and stability, atmospheric radiation and clouds, and atmospheric dynamics. These fundamental areas serve as cornerstones of modern atmospheric research on environmental issues like global change and ozone depletion. Physical concepts underlying these subject areas are developed from first principles, providing a selfcontained text for students and scholars from diverse backgrounds. The presentation is Lagrangian (singlebody problems) in perspective, with a balance of theory and application. Each chapter includes detailed and extensive problems; selected answers are provided, as are appendices of various constants. The text requires a thorough foundation in calculus.

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Contents
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Chapter 2 Thermodynamics of Gases  55 
Chapter 3 The Second Law and Its Implications  79 
Chapter 4 Heterogeneous Systems  99 
Chapter 5 Transformations of Moist Air  117 
Chapter 6 Hydrostatic Equilibrium  143 
Chapter 7 Hydrostatic Stability  166 
Chapter 8 Atmospheric Radiation  198 
Chapter 16 Hydrodynamic Instability  517 
Chapter 17 The Middle Atmosphere  536 
Conversion to SI Units  577 
Thermodynamic Properties of Air and Water  578 
Physical Constants  579 
Vector Identities  580 
Curvilinear Coordinates  581 
PseudoAdiabatic Chart  583 
Chapter 9 Aerosol and Clouds  258 
Chapter 10 Atmospheric Motion  321 
Chapter 11 Atmospheric Equations of Motion  341 
Chapter 12 LargeScale Motion  371 
Chapter 13 The Planetary Boundary Layer  405 
Chapter 14 Atmospheric Waves  426 
Chapter 15 The General Circulation  486 
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Answers to Selected Problems  595 
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International Geophysics Series  625 
Color Plate Section  629 