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Introduction to Weather & Climate
GEO 1240 - 01 Spring, 2014

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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, Section 01, 4 Credit Hours,
Spring 2014

Class: Boebel 221
Labs 1 & 2: Boebel 227

Instructor: Dr. Todd Stradford Phone: 342-1674 E-mail: stradfot@uwplatt.edu
Office: 262 Gardner Mailbox: 261 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.


Number problems do not go beyond solving for single variables (find "x"), rates, and proportions. Students should be able to solve high school level math problems (percents, rates, fractions).

Lab supplies: ruler, calculator, red & blue colored pencils.
Failure to have lab equipment for lab will bring about a 2 point deduction from your grade.

Final Exam: Friday, May 16, 8:00 AM- 9:52 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 200 points 200 points  
10 D2L Reading quizzes 10 points each 150 points  
5 D2L Homework 10 points each 50 points  
  Total 900 points  
Letter Grades: A- to A >810 points > 90%
  B- to B+ 720-809 80 to 89%
  C- to C+ 630-719 70 to 79%
  D to D+ 540-629 60 to 69%
  F Below 540 < 60%


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 100 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, because the course is cumulative in nature. This means that to understand a new topic, the past topic(s) must be understood.

This is especially relevant in the last section of the course as climate is the average of weather (all the previous chapters).

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

D2L quizzes:

The quizzes on D2L are questions pertaining to each chapter assigned in the text book. Look only in that chapter for the answers. 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 or have computer troubles, that is your decision.

You also have a limited time to complete each quiz. Read the chapter ahead of time so you know where to look. The questions are taken directly from the chapter in the text.

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 assignments will be found under "Quizzes" on D2L when they become available. You have several weeks when D2L makes each assignment available, so there are no extentions because you forgot or put it off until the afternoon that it's due and your computer malfunctioned.

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 any exception to the above rule for 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.
  • If you are allowed to take a makeup examination, it must be completed within 1 week of the scheduled exam.


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


  • You are expected to attend class and are responsible for material that is presented in class. Examinations will emphasize what is covered in class.
  • Your notes are your best review, so take good notes. Skipping or sleeping during class does not allow you to take good notes.

Final Grade:

To pass the course you will need a total average of more than 60%.

Cell Phones: Cell phones & electronic devices 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 your total (0 > -10).

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

D2L Quiz
Daily Reading Assignment
January - Tu 21
No labs
No labs
W 22
  Insolation   1    
F 24
M 27
 Air density & Altitude   3  
Tu 28
Earth in Space-Atmosphere
W 29
F 31
5 Quiz 2 Intro Quiz on D2L due
February - M 3
  Hmwk 1 6 Hmwk 1
Tu 4
W 5
F 7
M 10
Tu 11


W 12
Relative Humidity   10    
F 14
 Exam 1
  Lab Exam 1
M 17
  12  Hmwk 2 Cloud Development and Forms (Chapter 6)
Tu 18
W 19
  13 Quiz 5
Cloud Tutorial
Cloud Quiz
F 21
M 24
Tu 25
Pressure & Wind
W 26
 Lapse Rates   16 Quiz 6  
F 28
 Cumulus Cloud Height Hmwk 3 17 Hmwk 3 Atmospheric Pressure & Wind (Chapter 4)
March - M 3
 Precipitation Types   18 Quiz 7  
Tu 4
Weather Maps  
W 5
 Winds   19   Global Pressure & Winds (Chapter 8)
F 7
Jet Streams    20 Quiz 8  
M 10
Tu 11
  Lab Exam 2      
W 12
 Coriolis 2 Hmwk 4 22 Hmwk 4  
F 14
 Exam 2
SPRING BREAK - March 15 - 23
M 24
Fronts (Warm Fronts)
(Cold Fronts)
Tu 25
  7 Fronts      
W 26
Drawing Fronts    25 Quiz 9  
F 28
M 31
Thunder & Lightning    27 Quiz 10  
Tu 1
April - W 2
  28 Hmwk 5
F 4
M 7
 Tornadoes   30  
Tu 8
W 9
Hurricanes   31  
F 11
No Class   32  Human Effects: Pollution (Chapter 14)
M 14
Tu 15
 Lab Exam 3
W 16
 Exam 3    34    
Friday April 18 & Monday April 21 - EASTER BREAK
Tu 22
W 23
 Climate Classification   35   Global Climates (Chapter 15)
F 25
    36 Quiz 14  
M 28
Global Pressure, Winds, & Climate   37    World Climate Map
Tu 29
W 30
  Belt Shifts   38   Climate Koppen Self Quiz
May - F 2
M 5
    40 Quiz 15  
Tu 6
  Lab Test 4 
W 7
F 9
 Last class  
Fri, May16
Final Examination   8:00 AM - 9:50 AM


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."