* Reading Assignments:
2. Basic Concepts of Thermodynamics
2.1 Thermodynamic system
A specified collection of matter is called
which is defined by the mass and the composition.
: mass is exchanged with its
: NO mass is exchanged with its
What type of system does atmospheric thermodynamics
The systems that atmospheric thermodynamics deal with include
1) an air parcel;
2) a cloud;
3) the atmosphere;
4) an air mass etc.
Precisely speaking, they are open systems because mass can
be changed by the entrainment and mixing processes.
, we will treat them as a closed system in this course.
1) the volume is large that mixing at the edges is negligible; or
2) the system is imbedded in a much larger mass which has the
2.2 Thermodynamic properties
The properties define the thermodynamic
of a system.
: does not depend on the mass (m)
or does not change with subdivision of the system,
denoted by lowercase letters, e.g., z.
: does depend on the mass (m) or
does change with subdivision of the system, denoted by
uppercase letters, e.g., Z.
Exception to the convention: T for temperature and m for mass
* An intensive property is also called a
For example, volume V is an extensive property, so v=V/m
(i.e., volume per unit mass) is a specific property and an
a. A system is considered to be
if every intensive
property has the same value for every point of the system.
b. A system is said to be
if the intensive property
of one portion is different from the property of another portion.
* Homogeneous vs heterogeneous
* A system can exchange energy with its surroundings through
1) Mechanical exchange (Expansion work)
performing work on the surroundings
2) Thermal exchange (Heat transfer)
transferring heat across the boundary
* A system is in thermodynamic equilibrium if it is in
mechanical and thermal equilibrium.
Mechanical equilibrium: the pressure difference between
the system and its surroundings is infinitesimal;
Thermal equilibrium: the temperature difference between
the system and its surroundings is infinitesimal.
2.3 Expansion work
If a system is not in mechanical equilibrium with its surrounding
it will expand or contract.
The incremental expansion work:
p: the pressure exerted by the surroundings over the system
dV: the incremental volume
dS: the displaced section of surface
dn: the normal distance between
original and expanded surface
2.4 Heat transfer
Adiabatic process: no heat is exchanged between the system
and the environment.
Diabatic process: heat is exchanged between the system
and the environment.
Which one will we use the most? Why?
2.5 State variables and equation of state
* A system, if its thermodynamic state is uniquely determined by
any two intensive properties, is defined as a
The two properties are referred to as
* From any two state variables, a third can be determined by an
equation of state
A pure substance only has two degrees of freedom. Any two state
variables fix the thermodynamic state,
* Any third state variable as a function of the two independent
state variables forms a
of the thermodynamic
2.6 Thermodynamic process
* The transformation of a system between two states describes
a path, which is called a
* There are infinite paths to connect two states.
* Exact differentials
is an exact differential, is a point function
which is the same as
2.7 Equation of state for ideal gases
2.7.1 How to obtain the ideal gas equation?
The most common way to deduce fundamental equations is to
observe controlled experiments.
* Based on Boyle’s observation, if the temperature of a fixed
mass of gas is constant, the volume of the gas (V) is inversely
proportional to its pressure (p), i.e.,
* From Charles’ observation, for a fixed mass of gas at constant
pressure, the volume of the gas is directly proportional to its
absolute temperature (T), i.e.,
* For a fixed mass of gas, consider three different equilibrium states
that have , respectively.
* From (1) and (2), we have
Divide (3) by the
molar abundance (or number of moles)
which is constant since the
molecular weight (M)
are constant, we have
* For a standard condition,
is called the
universal gas constant
Now, (4) can be rearranged to get the equation of state
for the ideal gas
2.7.2 Equivalent forms of ideal gas equation
Ideal gas equation (5) can be written in several forms,
specific gas constant
Since the specific volume
(6) can be also written as
is the density
2.7.3 Equation of state for mixture of ideal gases
Each gas obeys its own state equation, for the th gas
Since in a mixture of gases,
* The partial pressure is:
the pressure the th gas would have if the same mass existed
alone at the same temperature and occupied the same volume
as the mixture;
* The partial volume is:
the volume the th gas would occupy if the same mass existed
alone at the same temperature and pressure.
(8) can be written in form,
Sum (9) over all gases in the mixture, and apply Dalton’s law,
we get the equation of state for the mixture,
mean specific gas constant
which is similar to the ideal gas equation (6).
mean molecular weight
of the mixture is defined by
(11) can be written as
is used to measure the
of the th gas over the
total abundance air
in the mixture,
Using the state equations for the th gas and the mixture of gases, we
can also have
is also used to measure the relative concentration.
in (12), we can get
of the th gas is measured by its
is used to measure the relative concentration of the
th gas over
, e.g., the
mass mixing ratio
is defined in form,
is the mass of dry air; is dimensionless and expressed in
for tropospheric water vapor.
We can also have the
volume mixing ratio
related to the molar fraction,
Since the mass of air in the presence of
water vapor and ozone
dentical to the mass of dry air, (13) can be related to the molar fraction,
2.8 Atmospheric composition
Atmospheric air is composed of
A mixture of gases (
, Argon and Carbon dioxide etc.)
* Remarkably constant up to 100 km height (except for CO2);
* These four gases are the main components of
The specific gas constant:
The mean molecular weight:
Water substance in any of its three physical states (
* very important in radiative processes, cloud formation and interaction
with the oceans, and highly variable.
Solid or liquid particles of very small size (atmospheric aerosols)
Problem: Find the average molecular weight M and specific
constant R for air saturated with water vapor at 0
C and 1 atm
of total pressure. The vapor pressure of water at 0
C is 6.11mb.
2.9 Hydrostatic balance
When an incremental air column experiences no net force in the
vertical direction, it is considered to be in
is the acceleration of gravity.
Using the equations of state for the
gas and the mixture of gases, demonstrate that
3. Problem 3.4 d) and e)
4. a) Determine the mean molar mass of the atmosphere of Venus, which consists of 95% CO
and 5% N
b) What is the corresponding gas constant?
c) The mean surface temperature T on Venus is a scorching 740K as compared to only 288K
for Earth; the surface pressure is 90 times that on Earth. By what factor is the density of the
surface Venusian atmosphere greater or less than that of Earth?
5. Two sealed containers with volumes V1 and V2, respectively, contain dry air at pressures p1
and p2 and room temperature T. The containers are connected by a thin tube (negligible volume)
That can be opened with a valve. When the valve is opened, the pressures equalize, and the
system reequilibrates to room temperature. Find an expression for the new pressure.
Show that 1 atm of pressure is equivalent to that exerted by a 760 mm column of mercury
C (density is 13.5951 g cm
) and standard gravity g
Test the following equations for exactness. If it is exact, find the point function.