Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
EAS 3603: Thermodynamics of the Earth System
Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:35-5:55 p.m.
Place: ES&T L1175
Professor Athanasios Nenes (firstname.lastname@example.org) ES&T 3258, x4-9225
Jordon Beckler (email@example.com) ES&T 1160, x5-4401
Athanasios Nenes: 1:00-2:00 pm Monday, 10:00-11:00 am Friday
Jordon Beckler: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Tueday, 2:00-3:00 pm Wednesday
Grading (subject to change, upon discussion with class):
Homework - 20%
Exam I - 20%
Exam II - 20%
Exam III - 20%
Term Project - 20%
Weekly homework assignments will be given, although these will diminish toward the end of the course to allow time to work on term projects. Homework assignments will be given on Thursday, and will be due one week later. Homework assignments will be accepted up to one class period after the assignment is due: later assignments will not be accepted (unless you have notified us in advance), so that we can return the homeworks on Tuesday after they have been handed in. Extra credit for doing additional homework problems can be given, up to a total of 110% for the final homework grade.
An individual (or group?) project related to the applications section of the course will be done. This project will consist of both a written paper and an oral presentation.
Composition and structure of components of the earth system
Equation of State
First law of thermodynamics
Entropy and the second law
Moist thermodynamic processes in the atmosphere
Planetary science applications