This combination lecture sequence / problem set activity focuses on the process of convection, its importance throughout the Earth System and its physical & mathematical description. Though the first portion of the lecture sequence is suitable for presentation even in an intro' course for non-majors, the remainder of the lecture sequence and the problem set are intended for students who have seen partial derivatives and the diffusion equation. Concepts of advection, adiabatic temperature gradient, and buoyancy & drag forces are developed quantitatively; the technique of scaling equations to identify their dominant terms is introduced; and dimensionless ratios, including the Rayleigh Number, are constructed and applied to various terrestrial and planetary situations. These lectures, when combined with the problem set, will provide students with a foundation for understanding and studying convection in the various sub-disciplines of Earth System Science. Uses geophysics to solve problems in other fields


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