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Unformatted text preview: Physical and Regional Climatology Syllabus for ATMO 324 (Fall 2007) Instructor: R. Saravanan 0&M Room 1014B, Tel: 845—0175 E-mail: [email protected] Teaching Assistant: Brent McRoberts, [email protected] Lecture hours: MW 3:00—3:50 (both sections), 0&M Room 110 Lab hours: Tue 2:20-3:50 (sec 50]), Thurs 12:45—22 15 (sec 502), 085M Room 1107 Office hours: MW 1:15—2:15 Course Website: http://csm.tanm.erlu/rttmo324 Requirements: - Textbook: Dennis L. Hartmann: Global Physical Climatology (ISBN: 0-12—328530-5) Clicker: elnstruction CPS RF remote transmitter Prerequisites: ATMO 201 and 203, MATH 172 Course Description: This course provides a basic background in climatology. Lectures will cover material on the global energy balance, the water cycle, general circulation of the atmosphere, past climates, and natural and human—induced climate change. Lab portion will provide an introduction to climate data analysis using a computer spreadsheet. I Exams: There will be two (50 minute) in—class mid-term exams, and a comprehensive 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: (Tentative schedule) Monday, Oct. 1 and Monday, Nov. 5 Final Exam: Tuesday, December 11, 10:30am—12:30pm Homework: Problem sets and lab exercises will be assigned roughly every other week. You are expected to solve the problems on your own. You may discuss general concepts with your classmates, but the details of the final solution must be worked out independently. Plagiarism will not be tolerated (see policy statement below). Clickers: During lectures, you will use your clicker to answer questions posed by the I instructor and provide feedback. Some of these questions, if answered correctly, will earn you clicker points. (The instructor will inform you beforehand if a particular question will O70 earn clicker points.) You can earn a maximum of 5 clicker points, which will reduce the weight of your Final Exam. For example, if you earn 4 clicker points, you will automatically earn 4% of your grade, and the final exam will only count for 26% of the grade. ' - Grading: Homework (20%), lab exercises (20%), two mid—term exams (30%), clicker points (05%), and final exam (25—30%, depending upon clicker points earned) Lecture Outline: (Textbook chapters) Introduction to the Climate System The Global Energy Balance Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Climate (except 3 56.7) The Energy Balance of the Surface The Hydrologic Cycle Atmospheric General Circulation and Climate . History and Evolution ofEarth’s Climate 11. Natural Climate Change 12. Anthropogenic Climate Change “99939.53?” Lab: The lab portion of the course will provide an interactive introduction to climatology using computers. Students will use a web browser and Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software to analyze climate data and create simple tables and plots. Computers in Room 1107 have this software pie-installed. Brief introductory lectures on the use of Excel for data analysis will be presented during lab hours, followed by hands-on exercises using the computers. The assigned lab exercises will account for 20% of the total grade. -__——-————_—n———_—.—__.____—~___ 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 disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services, Cain Hall, Room B118 (Phone: 845—1637, http:i'ldisability.tamu.edu) Honor code: An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those Who do. (Please review the I Honor Code procedures and policies at the Website http://www.tamu.edufaagiehonorl " 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 turn 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 htm:f/student—rulestamu.edu. 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. ' ...
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