Sophomore-level quantitative introductory atmospheric science class. This course is called “Science of the Atmosphere”. Thus, the objectives of this course are to understand how the laws of physics can be applied to understand why the atmosphere looks and behaves the way it does. This is a course in applied physics: it focuses on how to apply equations representing physical laws to a range of problems pertaining to the atmosphere. Learning outcomes include problem-solving using equations and units, explaining physical concepts using equations and vice versa, and applying equations and physical concepts to explain the basic structure of our atmosphere. Taught: Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2019, Fall 2020 (online), Fall 2021 (hybrid), Fall 2022 (hybrid).
Graduate / upper-level UG course that trains students to integrate probability, statistics, and atmospheric physics to solve real-world problems in weather and climate risk. Taught: Spring 2017; Spring 2019 co-taught with Prof. Roshi Nateghi (IE/EEE).
Course info + notes/materials/videos. Hypothesis-driven graduate-level (or advanced UG) course that trains students on the basic theories governing the large-scale circulations in our atmosphere, from the jet stream to the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Students learn by testing hypotheses using theory, data, simple computer models, and rotating tank experiments. Students then develop from scratch and test their own hypothesis as part of a semester-long final project. Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2020.