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Homework Help: Surface temperature to Atmospheric temp.

  1. Sep 28, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The surface temperature of a city is 20 degrees celsius. What is the temperature at 2 km above the surface if the temperature decreases at "half the average rate" of the troposphere? Show your calculations.

    2. Relevant equations
    None really, it may be just simple math.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    rate = 20 degrees / 2 km = 10 degrees loss / km and it says half of that so it would be 5 degrees loss per km. My answer would be 10 degrees celsius @ 2 kms.

    I don't know if that's right? Thanks for helping
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  3. Sep 30, 2010 #2


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    Hi droseph,

    If that rate for the troposphere (10 degrees/km) is what you should be using, then the rest looks right to me.
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