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Out in Nature

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If you live near a coast, you know that the height of the water at the shore depends on the time of day. If we fill a bowl with water, we don't expect its level to vary as a function of time, so why do the tides? What are the forces that drive this ceaseless cycle?

We'll start by thinking about simple toy problems like this:

The strength of its gravity decreases with distance from the Moon. What is the consequence for three asteroids that pass nearby?

By the end you'll be able to explain situations like this:

What qualitative tidal phenomena occurs when the Sun and Moon are in a right angled arrangement, as shown below?

In Out in Nature, we'll nail down the mechanics of tides, as well as

  • the energy balance of the greenhouse effect
  • pressure systems in the formation of storms
  • the Coriolis effect in global weather patterns

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