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GEOG 210
Introduction to Weather


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


Description
Examines the nature of the atmosphere including: the study of weather elements, weather systems, climate, and the impact weather has on humans and vice versa. Provides an introduction to meteorology and the tools involved in the study of weather and climate.   Lab work required. Prerequisites: MATH 78E; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher; word processing and spreadsheet skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Analyze and interpret a weather map
  • Identify the gases of the atmosphere, their relative concentrations, and the significant characteristics of those gases
  • Specify the average attributes of temperature and pressure in the vertical dimension
  • Decode the standard components of a METAR
  • Distinguish between various forms of energy and energy transfer processes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the occurrence of the seasons
  • Differentiate between the mechanisms that bring about temperature patterns
  • Determine various representations of humidity in the atmosphere (e.g., vapor pressure, mixing ratio, dew point, relative humidity, etc.)
  • Discriminate between the different types of fog and how they form
  • Recognize various cloud types and formation processes
  • Given an environmental lapse rate, determine the stability of the atmosphere
  • Distinguish between different forms of precipitation and how they develop
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how winds are generated in the atmosphere
  • Recognize wind circulation patterns on a variety of scales
  • Differentiate between the various air mass types and how they are formed
  • Characterize different types of surface fronts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of mid-latitude cyclones
  • Identify the attributes and behaviors of thunderstorms
  • Identify the attributes and behaviors of tropical cyclones

  • Course Topics
  • Weather Data and Maps
  • Weather Forecasting
  • The Atmosphere
  • Atmosphere Circulation and Heat
  • Air Pressure
  • Humidity, Clouds, and Precipitation
  • Frontal Systems and Extra-tropical Cyclones
  • Thunderstorms & Tornadoes
  • Tropical Weather Systems

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    GEOG 210
    Spring 2012
    1860
    Frank Skorina
    GEOG 210
    Spring 2011
    1860
    Frank Skorina
    GEOG 210
    Spring 2010
    1860
    Frank Skorina
    GEOG 210
    Spring 2009
    1860
    Frank Skorina
    GEOG 210
    Winter 2005
    1269
    Charles Mccown


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
     
    X
     
     
     
     
    X
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.