Forces in the Atmosphere

John Nielsen-Gammon, John Fulton, John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M University, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories, Texas A&M University, Department of Atmospheric Sciences

This undergraduate meteorology tutorial is about understanding the forces that cause the motion of air, producing winds and changes of weather. It discusses how these forces tend to balance each other, and how they produce the wind.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air pressure, Winds, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Energy, heat and temperature, Atmospheric circulation, Atmospheric structure and composition
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:WeatherKeywords: Coriolis force, centrifugal force, gravity, horizontal pressure gradient force, vertical pressure gradient force, friction, Newton's first law, Newton's second law