12.003 Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans

As taught in: Fall 2007




Prof. John Marshall

Image of dye in rotating tank of water.
Observed motion of introducing dye into a rotating tank of water. (Image by Prof. J. Marshall.)

Course Features

Course Description

The laws of classical mechanics and thermodynamics are used to explore how the properties of fluids on a rotating Earth manifest themselves in, and help shape, the global patterns of atmospheric winds, ocean currents, and the climate of the Earth. Theoretical discussion focuses on the physical processes involved. Underlying mechanisms are illustrated through laboratory demonstrations, using a rotating table, and through analysis of atmospheric and oceanic data.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mpeg and .rm.

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