Aviation uses the standard atmosphere as a reference. It is important
to know what the standard atmosphere is and how it differs from the atmosphere
you are flying. When flying, you will want to avoid turbulent regions of
the atmosphere. Many times turbulent regions are areas where energy is
being transferred, so it is important to know how energy is transferred.
This first lesson introduces you to these concepts.
The objective of this first exercise is to:
Learn three fundamental variables used to describe the state of the atmosphere:
pressure, temperature, and density.
Learn why it is important to know the standard atmosphere.
Learn methods of transferring energy in the atmosphere: radiation, conduction,
convection, and advection. Later we will discuss latent heat transfer and
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Reading Assignment: Chapters 1 & 2
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