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An Introduction to Atmospheric Thermodynamics


A video lecture titled, ‘Atmospheric Thermodynamics – Introduction’ from the e-learning course, ‘Introduction to Atmospheric Science’ developed by C Balaji, IIT Madras, for National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), India. This video lecture discusses the laws of thermodynamics, the gas laws, Boyle’s Law, Hooke’s law, and Dalton’s Law.

Students will learn about the basics of thermodynamics and its importance in atmospheric physics. They will learn about the role of pressure, partial pressure, temperature, and molecular behaviour in thermodynamic calculations. Additionally, students will also learn about the role of thermodynamic laws and calculations in various fields of studies.

A transcript of the lecture is also provided.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the laws of thermodynamics?
  2. How do changes in temperature and pressure impact thermodynamic calculations?
  3. How are thermodynamic calculations used to predict climate and weather patterns?
About Tool
Tool Name Lecture-10: Atmospheric Thermodynamics- Introduction 
Discipline Physics, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Thermodynamics, Atmospheric Thermodynamics, Atmospheric Physics, Climate Physics, First law of Thermodynamics, Second Law of Thermodynamics, Earth system, Boyle’s Law, Hooke’s law, Dalton’s Law
Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere, Planetary Energy Balance
Type of tool Video (51 mins)
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by C Balaji, IIT Madras
Hosted at NPTEL
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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