|Weather & Climate 1240
Class - MWF - 9:00 - 9:52
Lab 1 - Tu- 11:00 - 12:52
Lab 2 - Tu- 1:00 - 2:52
Geog 1240- 01, 4 Credit Hours,
Class: Boebel 225
Labs 1 & 2: Boebel 227
||Aguado, Edward, and James E. Burt. Understanding
Weather & Climate, 4th edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey,
NOTE: To start GEOG 1240, you MUST complete the following
task (10 points) within the first 2 weeks. It is designed to make you
familiar with the procedures you need to use D2L in this course.
into D2L (Learn @ UW) using your campus username and password.
2) Find the syllabus which shows up either as a link on the course page
or under "content." Open the syllabus.
3) Open a new tab in your browser and open D2L again. Find "Quizzes"
and the "Intro Quiz." Start the quiz. Leave the tab with the
quiz open and use the tab with the syllabus to find the answers.
4) Complete the Intro Quiz and submit the answers.
5) Your grade should be posted under "grades." If you don't
take and submit the quiz, your grade with not be posted.
RECOMMENDED PREPARATION AND BASIC SKILLS
This course assumes that students admitted to a university have the
ability to read and write at a college level. Knowledge of high school
level algebra and geometry is also helpful to understand course material.
Number problems do not go beyond solving for single variables (find "x"),
rates, and proportions.
Lab supplies: ruler,
calculator, red & blue
BRING TO EVERY LAB
Failure to have lab equipment for lab will bring about a 2
point deduction from your grade (-2).
Final Exam: Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 AM- 11:52 AM - Final Exam Schedule
To define the various elements that make up weather and climate.
To demonstrate the various processes involved in weather and climate.
To gain a familiarity with and appreciation for different areas of
the world with respect to varieties of weather and climate.
To integrate these geographic concepts and facts to appreciate the
impact that they have on humans.
From the textbook:
"The purpose of studying the natural sciences is to help students
understand nature and how the processes of scientific investigation
lead to new discoveries. A course meeting liberal arts requirements
in natural sciences is designed to enable students to: discover the
patterns, principles, and dynamics of natural phenomena and relate
them to issues in their lives as citizens; comprehend scientific methodology
and its limitations; engage in the analysis of natural phenomena."
Assessment & Evaluation:
||100 points each
|4 Lab Tests
||50 points each
|D2L Reading quizzes
||10 points each
||10 points each
||A- to A
|| >765 points
||B- to B+
||80 to 89%
||C- to C+
||70 to 79%
||D to D+
||60 to 69%
The examinations will cover
1) mainly material from class (your notes)
2) but also textbook material, whether covered in class or not.
Exams may have multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short definitions,
essays, calculations, or sketching diagrams.
The Final Examination will have 100 points on the material since
the 3rd examination and 50 points of comprehensive questions
on the material from the lecture and the lab exercises.
If you learn as you go, the comprehensive section will be easy. If you
don't learn the material either before each examination (poor grade),
or after the examination (using the exam to see what you didn't know),
then the entire last section will be difficult, not just the comprehensive,
because this course is cumulative in nature which means that to move to
a new topic, the past topic(s) must be understood.
The final examination for seniors will be waived IF your class grade
average after Lab Test 4 is above 90%.
You have several days to several weeks to complete the online quizzes.
If you have an activity that will interfere on the day that the quiz is
due, do it before the due date! Therefore,
there is no makeup or extension. As soon as 5 PM of the day
it's due is reached, D2L will turn the quiz off. Read the chapter before
attempting the quiz - 20 minutes is not a long time to find all the answers.
These quizzes add up to 150 points; they are basically an open book exam
covering the text material.
The labs themselves will not be graded. However,
all material on labs will be tested after every 3 labs. This
would include, the problems you did on the lab, the vocabulary
on the lab, and the explanations on the lab. Simply writing the
answer down on the lab in a group effort doesn't mean that you know it.
Make sure you know it and not just your lab neighbor! 4 lab tests
are 200 points, 50 points each.
Homework assignments will be found under "Quizzes" on D2L when
they become available. There are 5 homework assignments worth 10 points
each or 50 points total.
There will be NO makeup examinations .
There are No quiz extensions.
Late homework is NOT accepted.
If you have to miss an exam or a map test with a valid reason, you
must let me know before
I also must have a written
verification of your reason for missing from the appropriate person
before I can consider a make-up exam or test.
All make-up exams will be essay in format. There will be no
makeups for a reading assignment quiz.
Makeup examinations must be completed within 1 week of the scheduled
Graduating seniors can waive the final exam IF they have a
90% or above class average after the 4th lab test.
- The reading assignment is given on the syllabus. The day that the
assignment is listed is the day BY which it should be read.
- To pass the course you will need a total average of more than 60%.
- Cell Phones: Cell phones should
be silent in class. If your "vibration mode" is louder than
your ringer, just turn the phone off.
Any phone or communication device that is heard
or seen being used (texting/email) in class between 9 AM and
9:52 AM or in lab will require the owner to bring treats for the entire
class to the next class.
.Failure to do so will forfeit 10 homework points from whatever the
total (if 0 then -10).
Tentative Outline and Reading Assignments:
(NOTE: Schedule/subjects may change)
Intro Meteorology Modules
- Earth-Sun Geometry, Radiation, Climate Controls, Moisture, & Hurricanes.
"Any student in this course who has a disability that may
prevent him or her from fully demonstrating his or her abilities should
contact me personally as soon as possible so we can discuss accommodations
necessary to ensure full participation and facilitate your education opportunities."