08A ATMO 201-504 Saravanan

08A ATMO 201-504 Saravanan - ATMO 201: Atmospheric Science...

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Unformatted text preview: ATMO 201: Atmospheric Science (Section 504) Syllabus for Spring 2008 Course Description: Weather and climate affect impact agriculture, energy, travel, and other industries, as well as economic policies. ATMO 201—504 is a course focused on understanding weather and climate, with a focus on climate change. Although meteorology is a very mathematical discipline, this course will be primarily descriptive. Instructor: Prof. R Saravanan E-mail: r.saravanan@tarnu.edu, Tel: 845-0175 Ofi‘ice: 0&M Room 1014B Oflice Hours: Moan ed: 1:30—2:30, or by appointment Lectures: Tue & Thu 12:45-2z00, HPCT 102 Course Website: http:l/csrp.tamu.edu/atm0201—504 Requirements: Textbook: Aguado & Burt: Understanding Weather & Climate, 4th edition Clicker: elnstruction CPS RF remote transmitter (available at University Bookstore) ‘. Exams: There Will be three m—class m1d-term exams, and final exam. Anyone who misses an exam without an acceptable excuse (see the Texas A&M University Student Rules) will receive a score of zero. All other absences must be arranged before the exam.’ Midterm Exams: Jan. 31 (Thu), Feb. 28 (Thu), Mar. 27 (Thu) Final Exam: Wednesday, May 7, 8-10 AM Grades: Your grade will be calculated on the basis of total points earned: 3 iii—class exams of 100 points each (primarily multiple choice) Final Exam of 200 points Total: 500 points Extra—credit: Daily clicker quiz + in—class participation: 30 points Clickers: This class will use clickers to promote interactive learning, allowing students to provide instant feedback to the instructor. The clickers, also known as CPS-RF units, look like cell phones, with buttons that can be pressed to provide different types of feedback in the classroom. Clickers can be purchased at the University Bookstore for about $21 each. Since they are standardized, they can also be used in other courses at TAMU, may be re—sold, like textbooks. After purchasing the clicker, you need to enroll the clicker in the class, following the instructions in the course website http:l/csrp.tamu.edulatm0201-504 During lectures, you will use your clicker to answer questions posed by the instructor and provide feedback. These answers will earn extra credit points. There will be a few questions at the beginning of class on the reading for that day and a few other questions given throughout the class. 3 points will be given for a correct answer, 1 point for an incorrect answer. For each day, the score will be normalized by the total number of points (to range between 0.0 and 1.0), and scores from the lowest three days will be dropped. Extra credit will equal your total normalized scores times 30/(X43), where X is the number of days where clicker questions were posed (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. Vista/WebC'I‘: Exam scores and other grading-related information will be posted online through Vista, accessible at http://elearning.tamu.edu (Go to the TAM U (NetID) link. You will need your NetID and password.) Lecture Outline: (Textbook chapters) 1. Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere (1/ 15,17) 2. ' Solar Radiation (1/22) 3. Energy Balance and Temperature (1/24,29) EXAM J an. 31 (Thu) AtmoSpheric Pressure (2/ 5,7) Atmospheric Moisture (2/ 12,14) Cloud Development and Forms (2/ l 9,21) Atmospheric Circulationand Pressure Distribution (2/26) EXAM Feb-28 (Thu) - - ‘ 9. Air Massas.(3/4) ' 10. Midlatitude Cyclones (3/6) : ‘ : : l 1. Lightning, thunder, tornadoes (3/ l 8,20) 12. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes (3/25) EXAM Mar. 27 (Thu) 15. Earth’s Climates (Dr. Dessler) 16. Climate Changes: Past and Future (Dr. Dessler) (Additional 3—4 lectures on the Causes and Implications of Climate Change, using supplementary material, will also be presented.) FINAL EXAM Wednesday, May 7, 8—10 AM 9°9th If a chapter is being covered in a single lecture, then read the entire chapter before that class. If a chapter is being covered in two lectures, then read the first half before the first lecture and so on. For the exams, you are responsible for ALL material in an assigned chapter, even ift't is not discussed in class. Excused Absences: This class will follow the University’s policy for excused absences. For more information, please see Section 7 of the student rules: http://student-rules.tamuedu. ADA Policy Statement: 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 l l l l i l l l l i i disabilities. if you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services, Cain Hall, Room B118 (Phone: 845-1637, http:lldisabilitytamuedu1 Honor code: An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do. (Please review the Honor Code procedures and policies at the website http:f/wwwtamu.edujaggiehonor) Note: Using another student ’3 clicker in an attempt to earn points for that Student or allowing another student to use your clicker in an attempt to earn points for you is considered cheating, and will be reported to the Honor Council. Plagiarism Policy Statement: 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 tum it in as your own 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. Please refer to the student rules website for questions regarding academic misconduct http:l/Studeut—mles.tamu.edu. a Copyrights: The materials used in this course are cepyn'ghted. 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. WW i i I I i | I i ...
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