Instructor: Dave Howell
Office Hours: M 8:30-9 & 12-1,T 8:30-9 &12:30-1, W 8:30-9 & 12-12:30,Th 8:30-9 & 12:30-1:00, F 8:30-9
Description: An introductory course designed to provide insights into physical processes and laws that underlie the phenomena of weather and climate. An emphasis is placed on fundamental principles of meteorology and examining the relationship between man and the atmosphere (for more specifics, see course outline in division office). This class is presented in a lecture-discussion format.
Required Text: The Atmosphereby Lutgens & Tarbuck
Optional Text: Hammond Comparative World Atlas
Exams: Three exams will be given, each worth 100 points. Exam questions consist of multiple choice, true-false, matching, short answer, and essays. All exam dates will be announced at least one week in advance.
Quizzes: There will be two map quizzes requiring students to locate countries and major physical features throughout the world. Each map quiz will be worth 50 points.
Activities: Several in-class activities will be given, each worth 5-10 points. You must attend on a regular basis to participate in these activities.
Extra Credit: A few extra-credit points will be possible during the semester.
Make-ups: Students will be allowed to make up one map quiz or one exam if they are unable to attend class on a test date. All make-ups will be given during a designated time period the week before finals. Extra-credit and in-class activities cannot be made up.
Attendance: Class attendance and participation are an important part of the course because a large percentage of test questions are derived from lectures and classroom activities.
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Drop Policy: If you wish to withdraw from the class (I HOPE YOU WILL NOT!), the burden rests with you to take the proper steps.
Grading: Grades are determined by total points accumulated throughout the semester and will be based on the following percentage system:
90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
66 - 79% C
55 - 65% D
0 - 54% F
I reserve the right to raise your grade a few points at the end of the semester based on factors such as attendance, participation, and effort.
Miscellaneous: Please come to class on time and do not bring children. Late work may be accepted at the instructor's discretion and will include point deductions. Cheating or plagiarism will be dealt with according to the Student Code of Conduct which includes consequences ranging from reprimand to expulsion.