Weather and Climate: A Comprehensive Study of Earth’s Atmosphere

Texts: Earth Science (Tenth edition), Tarbuck and Lutgens
Study Guide and Notes for Weather and Climate, Pitman
Isaac's Storm, Erik Larson
Week Schedule of Topics and Assignments Reading Quiz/Test
1-2 Introduction to Meteorology: The Study of Earth’s Weather
Weather and the Atmosphere
Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere
Heat: The Driving Force behind the Weather
Lab: Measurement of Earth’s Weather
ch. 15, pp 404-417  
3-4 Air Temperature and the Warming of the Atmosphere ch. 15, pp 417-431 Quiz 1
5-6 Atmospheric Moisture: Evaporation, Condensation, and Humidity
Cloud Development and Precipitation
Lab: Temperature and Humidity
ch. 16 Quiz 2
Test 1
7-8 Air Pressure and Winds ch. 17, pp 468-478 Quiz 3
9-10 Atmospheric Circulation:
Local Winds
Global Circulation Systems
Lab: Horizontal Air Motion and the General Circulation of the Atmosphere
ch. 17, pp 478-491  
11-12 Variability of Weather:
Air Masses and Fronts
Middle Latitude Cyclone
Lab: Air Masses and Fronts
ch. 18, pp 492-506 Quiz 4
Test 2
13-14 Weather Forecasting and Storm Prediction
Lab : Surface Weather Map Analysis
ch. 18, pp 506-521
Isaac's Storm
Isaac's Storm
15-16 Severe Storms
Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Winter Storms
  Quiz 5
17-18 World Climate and Climate Change
Lab: Climate Classification
ch. 19 Quiz 6
Test 3

Weather and Climate: Guidelines & Expectations

Study Guide and Notes for Meteorology

We are partners in learning. During this course, you will have the opportunity to discover things about Earth and the atmosphere that should amaze and fascinate you. I will make every effort to present this material in an interesting, informative, and provocative way. However, attending class and paying attention will probably not be all you need to do to achieve success here. I expect you to study at least 1 hour each day (7-10 hours/week), outside of class, so you may fully understand and assimilate this material. You need to make this effort.

Come to class on time. Students are expected to be in their assigned seat at the tone that marks the beginning of the period. Three or more unexcused tardies will result in disciplinary action. Each student is expected to exhibit appropriate classroom behavior. Disruptions and annoyances that interfere with students’ ability to learn will not be tolerated. The use of cell phones or other electronic devices will not be permitted during class.

Be prepared each day with your text (if requested), notebook, pen or pencil, calculator, and an active mind. Please don’t ask to borrow a pen, pencil, calculator, or mind.

If you miss a day, you miss a lot. It will be your responsibility to make up all work due to absence. Immediately upon your return to class, you should make an appointment with me to discuss what you have missed. Failure to do so may result in no credit (grade of 0) awarded for the assignments missed. Be sure to contact a responsible classmate to obtain notes you missed during your absence.

Assignments need to be completed on time. Work handed in late (except for absences noted above) will be marked down 50% for the first day late and will not be accepted beyond that time (grade of 0). You will be given sufficient time to complete your assignments. Many of these assignments require several days to complete. Do not wait until the night before the due date to attempt to complete your work.

Your submitted assignments must be just that...yours. Cheating, including plagiarism, will not be tolerated. Penalties for this type of infraction will be severe, up to and including an F in the course.

Grading Procedure: Students receive their grade based upon the total number of points earned from the following assessments:

Tests and quizzes: 40% Grading scale: A 93-100 A- 90-92
Laboratory exercises and observations: 40%   B+ 88-89 B 82-87 B- 80-81
Class activities (i.e. projects, reports, homework): 20%   C+ 78-79 C 72-77 C- 70-71
  D+ 68-69 D 62-67 D- 60-61
            F < 60

This is an elective course. I am assuming you are here because you want to learn about Earth's weather and climate. To do well, your work needs to be completed on time and be a reflection of your best efforts.

Please also take a moment to read this letter from the National Commission on Excellence in Education.