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PX350 - The Weather and the Environment

  • Module code: PX350
  • Module name: The Weather and the Environment
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To show how the troposphere 'works'. By the end, you should appreciate how, with only very simple ideas from mechanics and thermodynamics, one can explain most of what we call 'weather'.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should: be able to describe the structure and composition of the earth's atmosphere and how it developed; appreciate how motion in the troposphere is driven by the (differential) heating of the earth by the sun; understand how the troposphere transfers heat and matter by convection-generated flows and the effect on these flows of the earth's rotation; understand the mechanisms that lead to precipitation; be aware of the influence of human activity on the atmosphere and climate.

Timetabled teaching activities

15 Lectures + examples sheets

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/teach/syllabi/year3/px350

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX350-7.5)
B (Examination only) Examination - April 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Physics (with Intercalated Year) (F301) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (with Intercalated Year) (GF14) - Year 4