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Unformatted text preview: ATMO 251 - Weather Observation and Analysis
Fall 2007 Lecturer: ME. Alcom, office 1208, phone 845-4329
Teaching Assistant: Kevin Viner, room 1013 Assistance: My ofﬁce hours are posted on my office door, room 12083, or see me after
class to make an appointment. Primary Text: The course text is online at httpn‘lwww.met.tamu.edu/ciass/ATMOZS 1. Required Info: Copyrights: The materials used in this course 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. Plagiarism: As commonly deﬁned, plagiarism consists of passing off as one‘s own the ideas, words,
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piagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have
permission of that person. Plagiarism is one of the worst academic sins, for the plagiarist destroys the
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violates the University rules on academic honesty will receive an “F" for the course and additional
sanctions as described in the University Regulations. If you have any questions regarding plagiarism and academic dishonesty, please consult the latest
issue of the Texas A&M University Student Rules, under the section “Scholastic Dishonesty.” Or, see
httpn’iwww.tamu.edu/aggiehonor/. 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 118B of Cain Hall. The phone number is 8454637. September 10, 2007 076, Grading: Laboratory assignments: A straight letter grade with meanings as defined in the course catalog:
A=excellent, B=good, C=satisfactory, D=passing, F=failing, will be assigned to laboratory work.
Laboratory assignments are due at the end of the laboratory session unless otherwise stated. Homework assignments: Homework assignments will be assigned throughout the semester and the
student will have at least 5 days to complete the assignment. Homework grading will be based on the
number of points assigned to each problem. The total points earned'f total points possible will be
used toward the class grade. Examinations: Numerical grades will be converted to letter equivalents based on level of
performance. All exams are closed book, closed notes. Exam dates are indicated on the class
schedule. The ﬁnal exam is comprehensive. Class Grade: The average grade for laboratory assignments and exams is converted to a numerical
value using: A=100, B=87, C=74, D=61, and F=48. The average grades are then weighted as
follows: 35% for laboratory assignments, 20% from homework, 20% for each exam, and 25% for the
final exam. For homework, 20% of the total points received / total points possible will be used
toward the class grade. The total is then converted to a ﬁnal grade using: 90-100=A, 80-89.9=B, 70—
79.9=C, 60-69.9=D, <60=F. Lecture and Lab Schedule Aug. 27 Monday Chapter 1. Ways of Seeing the Atmosphere
Aug. 29 Wednesday Chapter 2. Point Observations
LABORATORY Chapter 4. Map analysis Sep. 3 Monday Chapter 2. Point Observations continued.
Sep. 5 Wednesday Chapter 3. Space, Time, and Motion
LABORATORY Map Analysis. Sep. 10 Monday Chapter 3. Space, Time, and Motion continued.
Sep. 12 Wednesday Chapter 5. Soundings LABORATORY Advection. Sep. 17 Monday Chapter 5. Soundings, continued. Sep. 19 Wednesday Chapter 6. Remote Sensing
LABORATORY Skew-T diagram. Sep. 24 Monday Chapter 6. Remote Sensing, continued.
Sep. 26 Wednesday Exam 1 LABORATORY Vertical Cross Section. Oct. 1 Monday Chapter 7. Vector Calculus Oct. 3. Wednesday Chapter 7. Vector Calculus, continued.
LABORATORY Map Analysis. Oct. 8 Monday Chapter 8. Coordinate Systems Oct. 10 Wednesday Chapter 3. Coordinate Systems, continued.
LABORATORY Streamlines Oct. 15 Monday Chapter 9. Advection and Convergence
Oct. 17 Wednesday Chapter 9. Advection and Convergence, continued.
LABORATORY Surface Analysis. September 10, 2007 a
l Oct. 22 Monday
Oct. 24 Wednesday
LABORATORY Oct. 29 Monday
Oct. 31 Wednesday
LABORATORY Nov. 5 Monday
Nov. 7 Wednesday
LABORATORY Nov. 12 Monday
Nov. 14 Wednesday
LABORATORY Nov. 19 Monday
Nov. 21 Wednesday
LABORATORY Nov. 26 Monday
Nov. 28 Wednesday
LABORATORY Dec. 3 Monday
Dec. 4 . Tuesday
Dec. 11 Tuesday Chapter 10. GeostrOphic Balance Chapter 10. GeostrOphic Balance, continued. Jet stream analysis. Exam 2 Chapter 11. Imbalance and Vertical Motion. Surface analysis. Chapter 11. Imbalance and Vertical Motion, continued
Chapter 12. Atmospheric Structure and Thermal Wind. Upper-air analysis. Chapter 12. Atmospheric Structure and Thermal Wind, continued Chapter 13. Fronts.
Surface analysis. Chapter 13. Fronts, continued Chapter 14. Vorticity and Potential Vorticity NO LAB. Happy Thanksgiving. Chapter 14. Vorticity and Potential Vorticity Reading day — no class. Surface and upper-air analysis. Redeﬁned Day. Attend Friday Classes — NO LAB
Redeﬁned Day. Attend Thursday Classes — NO LAB. Final Exam, 8:00 —— 10:00 September 10, 2007 ...
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