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ATM304 Aerosol Physics II, 5 cr 
Code ATM304  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Aerosol Physics II  Abbreviation Aerosol Physics 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences 

Target group 

Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
    Compulsory for:
    1. Study Track in Aerosol Physics

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


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

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

Completion methods 

Weekly exercises and final exam.


Aerosol Physics I should preferably be performed before this course.


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

Study materials and 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.

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.

Assessment practices and criteria 

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.


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Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Aerosol Physics II  Examination  Jenni Kontkanen 
21.05.21fri 12.00-16.00
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