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Book Reviews Introduction to Physical Oceanography. is encountered starting in chapter 7. Bearing in mind Second Edition. John A. Knauss. 1996. 309 pp. that the students taking a course based on this book $68.00 . Hardbound. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13- typically have no background in oceanography, it 238155-9. seems more reasonable to reverse the order by pre- senting the descriptive material first. This is a minor quibble, however, because the two descriptive chap- The second edition of Knauss's introductory physi- ters do not rely heavily on dynamical results and there cal oceanography text is a welcome addition to the is nothing to prevent an instructor from choosing a choices available to instructors. The book is intended different order of presentation. Knauss probably in- to be used by upper-division undergraduates or begin- ning graduate students, not all of whom are assumed tended chapter 1 to give the student a general feeling to be specializing in physical oceanography. It is dif- for the observations that physical oceanographers ficult to choose a textbook for such a mixed class, pri- endeavor to explain and, therefore, felt justified in pre- marily because the students have a wide range of ex- senting the dynamical material early in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society American Meteorological Society

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American Meteorological Society
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Introduction to Physical Oceanography. is encountered starting in chapter 7. Bearing in mind Second Edition. John A. Knauss. 1996. 309 pp. that the students taking a course based on this book $68.00 . Hardbound. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13- typically have no background in oceanography, it 238155-9. seems more reasonable to reverse the order by pre- senting the descriptive material first. This is a minor quibble, however, because the two descriptive chap- The second edition of Knauss's introductory physi- ters do not rely heavily on dynamical results and there cal oceanography text is a welcome addition to the is nothing to prevent an instructor from choosing a choices available to instructors. The book is intended different order of presentation. Knauss probably in- to be used by upper-division undergraduates or begin- ning graduate students, not all of whom are assumed tended chapter 1 to give the student a general feeling to be specializing in physical oceanography. It is dif- for the observations that physical oceanographers ficult to choose a textbook for such a mixed class, pri- endeavor to explain and, therefore, felt justified in pre- marily because the students have a wide range of ex- senting the dynamical material early in

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Published: Apr 1, 1997

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