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Unformatted text preview: ATMO 201 - Atmospheric Science Section 502 (TR 11:10 - 12:25) Lecturer: M.E. Alcorn, office 1208, phone 845-4329 [email protected] Assistance: Office hours: Tuesday 2:00 — 4:00 pm, room 1208B, or see me after class to make an appointment. Primary Text: Understanding Weather and Climate, Aguado and Burt, fourth ed. (required). 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 the climatic conditions we all experience. Atmospheric composition and structure, the energy that drives the atmosphere, organized weather systems, severe weather systems, wind and pressure, atmospheric Optics, climate classification and climate change, as well as those particular exciting, dramatic, destructive, and/or beautiful weather phenomena that surrounds us daily are all part of this course. A discussion of the current weather conditions and the forecast will be made at the beginning of each lecture so you can learn about the processes producing the weather you are currently experiencing and the changes that are expected to occur to produce the forecast conditions. Course Objectives: By the end of the course you should: 0 Be able to identify and explain the weather phenomena we witness and the physical processes responsible for these phenomena so you can relate them to your personal observations. - Be able to describe the structure, composition and dynamics of the atmosphere so you can explain the weather to others. 0 Have a deeper appreciation for the forces acting and motions occurring in the atmosphere to produce the various weather and climate conditions that you may experience. 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 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 stop there. The processes that are occurring in the atmosphere are of major 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. Make a note of any questions and bring them to class, or stop by my office during office hours. If you are having difficulties with any aspect of the course, you should come and see me immediately. I am here to help you master this material and will gladly explain any area that is unclear. You can set up an appointment or e-mail me. February 1, 2008 l l l r i Grade: Your grade will be calculated on the basis of total points earned: 4 multiple-choice exams of 100 points each 400 points Final Exam of 100 points 100 points Total points possible 500 points 450 — 500 points 400 — 449 points 350 - 399 points 300 — 349 points fewer than 300 points ’TJUOUU'.> Grades will be posted on WebCT. WebCT is accessed by going to . Go to the TAMU link. You will need your NetID user name and password. No extra credit will be given. Exams missed for reasons other than a university excused absence will receive a grade of zero. Makeup exams will only be given for excused absences. 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, writings, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism 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 trust among colleagues without which research cannot be safely communicated. The Aggie Honor Code states: “An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.” Upon accepting admission to Texas A&M University, a student immediately assumes a commitment to uphold the Honor Code, to accept responsibility for learning, and to follow the philosophy and rules of the Honor System. Students will be required to state their commitment on examinations, research papers, and other academic work. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the TAMU community from the requirements or the processes of the Honor System. Anyone who 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 http:l/ . 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 845—1637. February 1, 2008 Section 502 Schedule: TR 11:10-12:25 Week Date Chapter Topic i 1 J an 15 1 Composition of the atmosphere . Jan 17 1 Structure of the atmosphere 2 Jan 22 2 Solar radiation Jan 24 2 The seasons 3 Jan 29 3 Energy balance Jan 31 3 Temperature 4 Feb 5 Exam 1: Chapters 1-3 Feb 7 4 Atmospheric Pressure 1 5 Feb 12 4 Forces and Wind 1 Feb 14 5 Atmospheric Moisture l 6 Feb 19 5 Atmospheric Moisture Feb 21 6 Cloud Development and Forms 7 Feb 26 6 Cloud Deve10pment and Forms Feb 28 Exam 2: Chapters 4-6 8 Mar 4 7 Precipitation Process 9 Mar 6 7 Precipitation Process Mar 1 1 Spring Break Mar 13 Spring Break 10 Mar 18 8 Atmospheric Circulation and Pressure Distributions Mar 20 8 Atmospheric Circulation and Pressure Distributions 11 Mar 25 9 Air Masses and Fronts i Mar 27 Exam 3: Chapters 7 -9 i 12 Apr 1 10 Mid—latitude Cyclones i Apr 3 10 Mid-latitude Cyclones ‘ 13 Apr 8 1 1 Lightning, Thunder and Tornadoes : Apr 10 12 Tropical Storms and Hurricanes g 14 Apr 15 Exam 4: Chapters 10-12 E Apr 17 13 Weather forecasting and Analysis 1 15 Apr 22 14 Human Effects: Air pollution and Heat Islands Apr 24 17 Atmospheric Optics 16 Apr 29 Redefined day — Attend Friday classes. May 2 Final Exam, Friday 3:00 - 5:00: Chapters 13, 14, 17 i i February 1, 2008 ...
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