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Introduction to Weather & Climate
GEO 1240-01 Fall 2014
 



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Weather & Climate 1240

Class - MWF - 9:00 - 9:52
Lab 1 - Th- 11:00 - 12:52
Lab 2 - Th- 1:00 - 2:52

Geog 1240, Section 01, 4 Credit Hours,
Fall 2014

Class: Boebel 225
Labs 1 & 2: Boebel 227

Instructor: Dr. Todd Stradford Phone: 342-1674 E-mail: stradfot@uwplatt.edu
Office: 262 Gardner Mailbox: 247 Gardner  
 
  Copies of Schedule here  
Text: 1- Aguado, Edward, and James E. Burt. Understanding Weather & Climate, 4th edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2001.

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.
1) Log into D2L using your campus username and password.
2) Find the syllabus which shows up 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 colored pencils.
BRING TO EVERY LAB
Failure to have lab equipment for lab will bring about a 2 point deduction from your grade.

Final Exam: Wednesday, December 17, 10:00 AM- 11:52 AM - Final Exam Schedule

Course Objectives:

  1. To define the various elements that make up weather and climate.
  2. To demonstrate the various processes involved in weather and climate.
  3. To gain a familiarity with and appreciation for different areas of the world with respect to varieties of weather and climate.
  4. To integrate these geographic concepts and facts to appreciate the impact that they have on humans.
From the manual:
  • "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:

3 EXAMS 100 points each 300 points  
4 Lab Tests 50 points each 200 points  
1 FINAL 150 points 150 points  
       
10 D2L Reading quizzes 10 points each 150 points  
5 D2L Homework 10 points each 50 points  
  Total 850 points  
       
Letter Grades: A- to A >765 points > 90%
  B- to B+ 680-764 80 to 89%
  C- to C+ 595-679 70 to 79%
  D to D+ 510-594 60 to 69%
  F Below 510 < 60%

Examinations:

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.

Anyone who has a VISA and needs extra time or facilities will take examinations in the C.A.T. and must bring in the appropriate paperwork at least 2 days prior to each exam (as per the instructions for the VISA and C.A.T.). Failure to do so will result in taking the examination in class with everyone else.

The Final Examination will have 100 points on the material since the 3rd examination and 50 points of comprehensive questions. 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. The course is cumulative in nature which means that to move to a new topic, the past topic(s) must be known.

The final examination for seniors will be waived IF the grade average after Lab Test 4 is above 90%.

D2L quizzes:

You have several days to several weeks to complete the online quizzes. 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. If you put it off until the last minute and make mistakes, that is your decision.

Lab Tests:

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!

Homework:

Homework assignments will be found under "Quizzes" on D2L when they become available.

Makeup Examinations:

  • There will be NO makeup examinations .
  • There are No quiz makeups.
  • Late homework will NOT be accepted.
  • If you have to miss an exam or a map test with a valid reason, you must let me know before the test.
  • 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 exam.

Assignments:

The reading assignment is given on the syllabus. The day that the assignment is listed is the day BY which it should be read.

Absenteeism:

  • You are expected to attend class and are responsible for material that is presented in class. Examinations will emphasize what is covered in class.
  • Although there are no points assigned for attendance, it will be taken daily by a seating chart. Faculty are now required to report anyone with frequent absenses or not completing assignments to their advisor.

Final Grade:

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 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 (0 > -10).


Tentative Outline and Reading Assignments: (NOTE: Schedule/subjects may change)

Date
Event
Lab
(Thursdays)
Class
D2L Quiz
Daily Reading Assignment
September -
W 3
  1 Introduction
Th 4
 1
Earth in Space-Atmosphere
     
F 5
  2  
M 8
    3  
W 10
 Temperature
 
4  
Th 11
    2
Insolation
     
F 12
 
 
5 Quiz 2  
M 15
  Hmwk 1 6  
W 17
    7  
Th 18
   3
Vapor
     
F 19
  8  
M 22
  9
W 24
Relative Humidity   10    
Th 25
  Lab Test 1      
F 27
 Exam 1
  
11    
M 29
  12    
October -
W 1
  13  
Th 2
  4
Condensation
     
F 3
 Cumulus Cloud Height   14 Quiz 5  
M 6
 
15  
W 8
Cloud Tutorial
Cloud Quiz
Hmwk 3 16  
Th 9
   5
Pressure & Wind
  Quiz 6  
F 10
 Precipitation Types   17    
M 13
 Winds
 
18  
W 15
Jet Streams    19 Quiz 7  
Th 16
   6
Weather Maps
   
F 17
Coriolis Force   20 Quiz 8  
M 20
21    
W 22
Exam 2   22    
Th 23
  Lab Test 2       
F 24
St. Joanne's Day
M 27
 
 
23  
W 29
    24 Quiz 9  
Th 30
Fronts (Warm Fronts)
(Cold Fronts
7
Fronts
   
F 31
    25  
November - M 3
Drawing Fronts    26 Quiz 10  
W 5
  27  
Th 6
Thunder & Lightning  8
Tornadoes
     
F 7
    28  
M 10
    29  
W 12
 Tornadoes   30 Quiz 12  
Th 13
 
9
Hurricanes  
   
F 14
Hurricanes   31 Quiz 13  
M 17
   
32
 

W 19
     33    
Th 20
   Lab Test 3      
F 21
  Exam 3   34    
M 24
Global Pressure, Winds, & Climate   35 Quiz 14
W 25
  Belt Shifts   36    
Th 27
Thanksgiving 
F 28
 
December -
M 1
 Climate Classification   37  
W 3
  38 Quiz 15
Th 4
 
  10
Climates
     
F 5
Climate Koppen Self Quiz   39    
M 8
   
40
   
W 10
    41    
Th 11
 
 Lab Test 4 
     
F 12
 Last class 
  42  
Summary
           
 
Weds, Dec 17
Final Examination   10:00 AM - 11:50 AM

 

Intro Meteorology Modules - Earth-Sun Geometry, Radiation, Climate Controls, Moisture, & Hurricanes. (These may not run on university machines, but should run on your own PC or Mac).


Religious Observances
"Students have the right to miss class for religious observances. Students wishing time off for this reason should let the instructor know within the first two days of class."

SSWD
"If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please make an appointment to see me during my office hours. A VISA from Services for Students with Disabilities authorizing your accommodations will be needed. Contact 608-342-1818 for more information about SSWD."

Academic and Career Advising Center
Academic and career counselors provide academic advising for undecided majors and assist students in determining potential majors that fit their skills, interests, value, and personality. The ACAC team provides career services to students and alumni looking for internship, co-op, full-time and other employment opportunities. Career services include assisting with résumés and cover letters, hosting annual career fairs, developing interviewing skills, and answering other job-search questions. Please stop by 0200 Ullsvik Hall or call ACAC at 608-342-1183 to schedule an appointment with an academic and career counselor.

Desire2Learn
Materials for this course can be found in Desire2Learn. To access Desire2Learn, go to www.uwplatt.edu/Desire2learn. Click the Log In with NetID button and enter your username and password (the same that you use for email). Courses are arranged in order by semester. Scroll down the page to locate this course and click on the link. Course materials can be found by clicking on the Content link. If you need assistance with Desire2Learn, please contact the Helpdesk - 608.342.1400 or email helpdesk@uwplatt.edu.

For International Students
U.S. federal regulations state that all international students on an F-1 or J-1 visa must register and maintain a full-course of study (12 credits for undergraduates and 9 credits for graduate students) during the fall and spring semesters. Prior to dropping below full-time status, international students should consult the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office in Royce Hall (first floor) or call 608-342-1852 if they are experiencing difficulties maintaining a full-time course load. Visit www3.uwplatt.edu/isss for more information.

Karrmann Library
Your library provides free access to scholarly and peer-reviewed online and printed resources. Librarians are skilled in helping you critically evaluate materials, narrow the focus of your research, and find just what you need--within library walls and around the world. Visit our website at: www.uwplatt.edu/library

PATH (formerly FYE Office)
If you need assistance with test-taking strategies, managing your schedule, study tips, and/or finding ways to enhance your college experience, please contact the PATH office in 120 Brigham Hall or via phone (342-1081) or e-mail pathcenter@uwplatt.edu.

Student Support Services
This is a federally funded TRiO program through the US Department of Education. We provide a variety of free support services to help our participants become successful college graduates. Some of our popular services are free tutoring, academic coaching, study skills, FAFSA completion, course selection, and scholarship searching. Students must meet at least one of these criteria for our free services: 1) be a first-generation college student, 2) be an income-eligible student, or 3) be a student with a documented disability. Contact us at 105 Warner Hall or 608-342-1816.


URCE
Undergraduate research (including creative activity and scholarship) is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate in collaboration with a faculty mentor to make an original intellectual contribution to the discipline. Visit or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors at 515 Pioneer Tower or urce@uwplatt.edu for more information on research opportunities or URCE activities.

WATR
If you need tutoring for this class, contact Writing and Tutoring Resources (WATR) at 608.342.1615 or visit 314 Brigham Hall. Tutoring is either free (Writing Center) or the cost is minimal ($1.50/hr).

Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students
Veteran and reserve duty military students with special circumstances are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor. For more information, contact the Wright Center, 320 Royce Hall, 608-342-7351.