07C ATMO 201-502 Dessler

07C ATMO 201-502 - ATMO 201 syllabus l ATMO 201 Atmospheric Science Fall 2007 Section 502 TR 11:10 — 12:25 08M 112 Lecturer Prof Andrew Dessler

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Unformatted text preview: ATMO 201 syllabus l ATMO 201 - Atmospheric Science Fall 2007 Section 502 TR 11:10 — 12:25 08M 112 Lecturer: Prof. Andrew Dessler, office 906a, phone 862—1427, [email protected] Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00 — 2:00 pm, room 9063, by appointment, or see me after class. Text: Understanding Weather and Climate, 4th. ed., Aguado and Burt (required). We will be using “clickers” in this class. The key for this class is F28838Kl45. Course Description: Weather and climate play a major role in our lives. This introductory level course explores our earth's atmospheric environment and the processes that produce our daily weather and our general climate. Studying Tips: With the amount of material to cover during one semester, it is easy to get behind in an introductory course. In this course, we will constantly be building on what has been done before. Therefore, it is particularly important to attend class and to keep up with the reading. A little bit each day is much more effective than five hours in one session of study. You should be spending about 2 hours, at least, outside class for every hour you spend in class. Since this is an introductory course, it is important to learn the terminology to understand what is being asked on exam questions. However, don‘t step there. The processes that are occurring in the atmosphere are of maj or importance and many exam questions require thinking through several steps in a process to determine the results. Also, remember to study the pictures in the chapters and thoroughly understand what is being shown. After each class, I strongly recommend you review your lecture notes, supplementing them with readings from the text and what you have learned from the online resources. Use the study questions to draw the material together. If you stay on top of the reading, this course should not be too difficult. You’re all Aggies, which means that every one of you can get an A in this class if you apply yourself. ATMO 201 syllabus 2 Grades: Your grade will be calculated on the basis of total points earned: 3 exams of 100 points each (primarily multiple choice) Final Exam of 200 points Total: 500 points Extra-credit: Daily quiz + in-class participation: 30 points Grade calculation A: 450-500 points B: 400-450 points C: 350-400 points D: 300-350 points F: 0-300 points WebCT: Exam scores and other information (such as the syllabus) will be posted on WebCT. WebCT is accessed by going to http://elearningtamuedu. Go to the “TAMU (N etID)” link. You will need your NetID and password. (NOTE: As of 8/27, WebCT is having major software problems. Until I determine that it’s working robustly, I will post necessary documents (but not grades) on http:// www.met.tamu.edufpeop1e/faculty/dessler/reading.html] Clickers: We will use a classroom response system (aka “clickers”) in this class. You will need to buy a clicker at the bookstore and then register it on—line at http://einstruction.com. The key for this class is F28838K145. When you register, make sure you enter your name exactly as it appears on your university records. If you run into problems, please contact einstruction’s customer support at http://einstructioncom/Support’index.cfin Extra credit will use the clickers. It will consist of 5 questions at the beginning of class on the reading for that day and approx. 5 other questions given throughout the class. Scores from the lowest three days will be dropped. 3 points will be given for a correct answer, 1 point for an incorrect answer. Maximum score will be around 700; extra credit will equal your score times 30/700 (for a maximum of 30 points of extra credit). Because we are dropping the lowest three days, there will be no credit given if you forget your clicker, batteries are dead, etc. ATMO 201 syllabus SCHEDULE Week Date 1 28-Aug 30-Aug 2 4-Sep 6-Sep 3 11-Sep 13-Sep 4 18—Sep 20—Sep 5 25—Sep 27-Sep 6 2-Oct 4—Oct 7 9—Oct 11—Oct 8 16—Oct 18—Oct 9 23—Oct 25—Oct 10 30-Oct 1—Nov 11 6—Nov 8-Nov 12 13-Nov 15-Nov 13 20-Nov 22-Nov 14 27-Nov 29~Nov 15 4-Dec 7—Dec Chapter Topic mmm-h-h LOUJNHH @0003 10 10 11 11 12 15 16 16 Composition of the atmosphere Structure of the atmosphere Solar radiation Energy balance & Temperature Energy balance & Temperature EXAM: chapters 1—3 Atmospheric Pressure Atmospheric Pressure Atmospheric Moisture Atmospheric Moisture Cloud development and forms EXAM: chapters 4-5 Cloud development and forms Atmospheric Circulation and Pressure Distribution Air masses Mid-latitude cyclones Mid—latitude cyclones Lightning, thunder, tornadoes EXAM: chapters 6, 8, 9, 10 Lightning, thunder, tornadoes Hurricanes Earth's climate Background on climate change debate Climate changes: past changes 8:. is the climate warming? Are humans to blame? Future climate + impacts NO CLASS Adaptation, Mitigation, Geoengineering Economics of climate change What should we do about it? FINAL EXAM: chapters 11, 12, 16 & climate change If a chapter is being covered in a single Class, then read the entire chapter before that class. If a chapter is being covered in two classes, then read the first half before the first class and the second half before the second. For the exams, you are responsible for ALL material in an assigned chapter, even if it is not discussed in class. Other important dates: Friday, August 31: Last day for adding/dropping courses for the fall semester. Friday, November 2: Last day for all students to drop courses with no penalty (Q-dmp). l l l i . i I I 1 z z ATMO 201 syllabus 4 Important legal stuff This class will follow the University’s policy for excused absences. For more information, please see Section 7 of the student rules: http://student-ru1es.tamu.edu. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Department of Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities in Room B118 of Cain Hall. The phone number is 845—1637. Copyright and Plagiarism Policy: All materials used in this class are copyrighted. These materials include but are not limited to syllabi, quizzes, exams, lab problems, in—class materials, review sheets, and additional problem sets. Because these materials are copyrighted, you do not have the right to copy the handouts, unless permission is expressly granted. As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one‘s own the ideas, words, writings, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you c0py the work of another person and turn it in as your owu, even if you should have the permission of that person. Plagiarism is one of the worst academic sins, for the plagiarist destroys the trust among colleagues without which research cannot be safely communicated. If you have any questions regarding plagiarism, please consult the latest issue of the Texas A&M University Student Rules, http://student—rules.tamu.edu/, under the section "Scholastic Dishonesty." Aggie Code of Honor: "Aggies do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor do they tolerate those who do.“ Instances of scholastic dishonesty will be treated in accordance with Section 20 of the TAMU Student Rules. Please inform yourself on the student rules regarding cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of information, conspiracy at the Code of Honor website: *www.tamu.edu/aggiehonor/*. Note : Using another student’s clicker in an attempt to earn points for that student or allowing another student to use your CPSrf response pad in an attempt to earn points for you is considered cheating, and will be reported to the Honor Council. ...
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07C ATMO 201-502 - ATMO 201 syllabus l ATMO 201 Atmospheric Science Fall 2007 Section 502 TR 11:10 — 12:25 08M 112 Lecturer Prof Andrew Dessler

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