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Meteorology
WEATHER-CLIM
CLASS CODE: PH 137 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Physical Science requirement.

DESCRIPTION: An introductory study of the atmosphere including weather,climate, methods of weather forecasting and the environmental impact of man.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter,
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Atmosphere, Temperature, Heat, Heat Transfer, EM Spectra, Greenhouse effect, Seasons, Humidity, Fog, Clouds, Precipitation, Wind, El Nino, Air Masses, Fronts, Forecasting, Thunderstorms, Lightning, Tornadoes, Hurricanes
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Learn terminology used by meteorologists to describe the physics and properties of the atmosphere.
2.Learn fundamental theories that explain the driving forces behind weather, weather systems, and the physical processes and characteristics of the atmosphere.
3.Have the ability to converse intellectually with others on meteorological topics and understand relevant articles from newspapers and magazines like Weatherwise, Discover, and Scientific American.
4.Describe the methodology of modern science and the relationship between observation and theory.
5.Examine how science, its methods, axioms, and philosophy have changed over the years.
6.Integrate several disciplines: Science, math, English, physics.
7.Express their knowledge and ideas through written language.
8.Work effectively together with others that have a wide rand of intellectual backgrounds.
9.Analyze both the scientific and philosophical consequences of scientific theories.
10.Analyze methods of forecasting and the accuracy involved and do their own forecasting.
11.Make daily weather observations then compare those to instrumentation of basic elements and professional forecasts.
12.Participate in the methodology by performing laboratory exercises.
13.Repeat some of the most important experiments of meteorology.
14.Determine the relationships between the observational and reality in dealing with changing weather concepts.
REQUIREMENTS: Text: Meteorology Today. A quiz each class period to enhance overall score. No grade on attendance but performance of overall participation of class.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1983