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1. Course title

Aerosolifysiikka II
Aerosofysik II
Aerosol Physics II

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 530001 Aerosolifysiikka II, 5 op.

3. Course status: compulsory

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
ATM3001 Advanced Studies in Aerosol Physics (compulsory for Study Track in Aerosol Physics)

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

-The recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

The course will be lectured every year in the II period.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Jenni Kontkanen

9. Course learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

1) explain the following aerosol dynamic processes and the basic concepts related to them: coagulation, condensation, nucleation, deposition, dynamics of charged aerosol particles, and interactions of aerosol particles with clouds and radiation.

2) compare the effects of different aerosol dynamic processes on atmospheric particle population.

3) write and solve equations describing the aerosol dynamic processes.

4) apply their knowledge to analyze particle size distribution data with some data-analysis software

5) explain how the topics of the course are connected to current research in aerosol physics

6) search for information on the course topics from scientific articles

10. Course completion methods

Weekly exercises and final exam.

11. Prerequisites

Aerosol Physics I should preferably be performed before this course.

12. Recommended optional studies

-What other courses are recommended to be taken in addition to this course?
-Which other courses support the further development of the competence provided by this

13. Course content

The course covers the basics of aerosol dynamics, including following topics:

-Brownian coagulation

-Other coagulation mechanisms and coagulation equation



-Atmospheric new particle formation


-Charged aerosol dynamics

-Cloud physics

-Climate effects of aerosol particles

14. Recommended and required literature

Primary course material is lecture notes and other material available on Moodle page of the course.

For extra reading, the following book is recommended: J. H. Seinfeld & S.N. Pandis: Atmospheric chemistry and physics, 3rd ed., Wiley, 2016.

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

The course includes lectures and weekly exercises. In the lectures, activating teaching methods, such as group discussions, are used. The exercises include different types of problems, which require students to apply their knowledge. In exercise sessions, students work on the problems in groups with the help of the assistant.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

Final grade is based on the exercises and the final exam, and 45% of total points are needed to pass the course.

The final exam is assessed by the teacher and the exercises by the course assistant.

17. Teaching language


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