Course Synopses


  • Course Description:
    Two 80-min. lecs., one 55-min. rec. Credit not given for both this course and 11:628:451 or 16:712:501. Prerequisite: 01:750:204.

    Principles of ocean physics. Mass, momentum, heat, and freshwater conservation and atmospheric exchange. Influence of Earth's rotation. The ocean's role in climate. Tides, waves, and currents. Effects of ocean circulation on its biology and chemistry.

    This course is designed to introduce students to the important physical processes in the oceans in such a way that they will understand both the conceptual physical principles and at the larger scale how these fit into the earth as a system.  The initial focus is to develop the basic equations which describe the principles upon which physical oceanography is based.  These principles are then used to help understand waves, tides, currents, and the large-scale ocean circulation.  Homework problems are assigned to reinforce the concepts learned in class.  Throughout the course, examples will be given to show how physical oceanography affects and is affected by the biological, chemical, and geological processes in the ocean.

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