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GO 205 Introduction to Meteorology
Hageman, Scott

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GO 205 Introduction to Meteorology


FA 2010 HO


Hageman, Scott


Associate Professor of Geology

Office Location

SCI 105

Office Hours

MWF 8-10;  TR 9-10     Many other times can be arranged

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Class Days


Class Time

MW   1:30-2:45               Lab  T   2:25-5:15



Credit Hours



THE ATMOSPHERE:  An Introduction to Meteorology
LUTGENS, Tarbuck, and Tasa
11 ed.
ISBN:  9780321587336

Additional Resources:

Aug. 16 Introduction 
        17  Lab
        18  Introduction to the Atmosphere
        23  Heating Earth's Surface and Atmosphere
        24  Lab
        25  Heating Earth's Suface and Atmosphere
        30  Temperature
        31  Lab 
Sept.  1  Temperature
          6  NO CLASS    LABOR DAY 
          7  Lab  
          8   Moisture and Atmospheric Stability
        13   Moisture and Atmospheric Stability
       14   Lab
       15   EXAM 1
       20   Forms of Condensation and Precipitation
       21   Lab
       22   Forms of Condensation and Precipitation

       27  Air Pressure and Winds
       28  Lab
       29  Air Pressure and Winds / Circulation of the Atmosphere
Oct 4    Circulation of the Atmosphere
       5    Lab
       6    Air Masses
     18   Weather Patterns 
     19   Lab                                
     20   EXAM 2
     25   Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
     26   Lab 
     27   Thunderstorms and Tornadoes / Hurricanes 
Nov. 1  Hurricanes / Weather Anaylsis and Forecasting 
         2  Lab
         3  Weather Analysis and Forecasting / Air Pollution 
         8   Air Pollution     
         9   Lab
      10    Air Pollution      
      15    EXAM 3
      16    Lab
      17     The Changing Climate
      22     The Changing Climate / World Climates 
      23     Lab
      24      World Climates
      29     Optical Phenomena of the Atmosphere       
      30     Lab
Dec  1     Optical Phenomena of the Atmosphere         
FINAL EXAM December ____ at _____________ in room Sci 005.

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Course Description:
The study of the atmosphere and atmospheric phenomena and how they interact globally with the earth's surface, oceans, and life. In the laboratory, students will learn and use the methods used to study meteorological processes. Topics will include: controls of weather elements, energy exchange, heat/water budgets, and economic/social impacts of weather and climate. 3:3:4

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Collect and analyze data for Weather forecasting.
  2. Explain the atmosphere's physical and chemical properties.
  3. Explain the significance of the Earth-Sun relationship in controlling climate and weather.
  4. Interpret the effects weather has on society and the impact society has on the atmosphere (pollution).

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Core Assessment Description & Instructions: Paper worth 20% of total course grade The Core Assessment for this course will challenge the student to become familiar with the basics of weather and climate analysis for a specific location. The student must write a 6 page research paper (NOT including figures and graphs), using a minimum of 8 sources, in which the student conducts an analysis of specific location. The location should be small, such as a city or small state or country. The paper must include the following parts: 1) Introduction: Must include a clear thesis statement about weather and climate analysis of the location the student intends to study. (Content of Communication) 2) Weather Forecasting: Collect and analyze the weather data for a specific location. [CLO#1; Application] Include the following: • Data table of results • Graphs showing key weather features needed for forecasting • Methods of Data Collection • Forecast 3) Atmosphere: Describe the normal physical and chemical properties that should be present in the selected location. Then analyze what the actual physical and chemical properties are due to pollutants. [CLO#4; Analysis] Include the following: • Source of pollutants • Assess the impact of the pollutants 4) Earth-Sun Relationship: Explain the normal Earth-Sun relationship and how it controls weather, seasons, and climate. Then explain where the selected location falls in the Earth-Sun relationship. [CLO#3; Evaluation] Include the following: • How much variation is there in solar radiation during a typical day, month, and year. • How much are factors like angle of tilt and location of latitude on the weather and climate. • Include diagrams to illustrate your explanations. 5) Conclusion: • Summarize how this paper demonstrates the impact of climate on humans for this selected location. • Then summary what impact humans have had on the climate. • Then Propose an action plan that you think could be implemented in order to help diminish the problems found in your selected country regarding climate change. [CLO#3; Synthesis] 6) Works Cited: List, alphabetically, any sources you cited within the paper (Note: You must have at least 8 different sources) using either APA or MLA documentation style. [Technical Skill in Communication] The Rubric or Scoring Guide that will be used for this paper can be viewed at

Your grade will be based on your score out of total points, approximately 1000.

For example, 720/1000 = .72 *100 = 72% C. The course will use the traditional scale of 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, and below 60%=F.

EXAM 1, Exam 2, Exam 3, and Final = 100 pts each;                                 400 total.

Lab exercieses (approx 15 assignments worth 10-20pts each)  approx.        250 total

Homework 1 and 2 = 100 pts each;                                                             200total.

Paper (core assessment) = 200 pts                                                              200 total           

                                                               COURSE TOTAL APPROX.     1050 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework turned in late will be counted off 10% per day, so you have 10 days to submit it before it becomes worth 0 Points. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events will need to make arrangements prior to their absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
• Students are held responsible for acquiring all materials and information missed during a class session from another student. • Wireless (cellular) phones and/or pagers must be either turned to the silent mode (vibrate only) or OFF in the classroom. If you do receive notice of an emergency call/page quietly leave the classroom to make or receive a call in the hall or outside of the building. • The instructor will strive to create an informal and comfortable classroom environment for class discussion. However, this is an educational forum and the instructor expects students to act accordingly. Students will treat fellow students and the instructor with respect. • Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. • Americans With Disabilities Act: Park University is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112 – The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. The instructors are required by law to provide “reasonable accommodation” to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. It is the students responsibility to inform the instructor at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels. • Don’t show up late! If you do, DO IT QUIETLY!! • Do not go to the bathroom every class period. • Do not talk loudly to others during class. • Do not ask me for my book or notes. • Please do not ever feel like you can not talk to me. I get paid to help you!

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .



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