ERTH 535:
Planetary Climate Change
(Spring 2018)
Prospectus for
Quiz #1
Dr. Dave Dempsey
Dept. of Earth & Climate Sci.,

(for Friday, Feb. 16)

Quiz Format

Quiz #1 will be closed book, closed note, and closed computer. It will consist of several short-answer and/or short essay questions. It will be administered at the beginning of class and should take less than 30 minutes. (We will begin covering new material afterwards.) For the most part, the quiz will require understanding of, and reasoning based on, important concepts beyond memorization of factual details. It will be worth about 5–7% of your overall course grade (depending on how many quizzes we have this semester).

Preparation Strategy

This quiz will cover material in the following order of emphasis:
  1. Material covered in class

    1. Lab activities and summaries of class discussion about them:
    2. Handouts (those that address something covered in class, especially if they cover material also covered in reading assignments or on which we spent a significant amount of time in class).
    Review the questions posed in lab activities and in lecture, and practice figuring out responses rather than trying to memorize the answers.

  2. Clicker Questions
    1. Survey: Earth-Sun Relationships [PDF file]
    2. Scale and Direction [PDF file]
    3. Earth-Sun Relationships [PDF file]
    4. More Earth-Sun Relationships [PDF file]

  3. Pre-class Quizzes

    1. Pre-class Quiz #1: Laws of Radiation (Questions #1-4 only; based on part of Reading #2)

  4. Reading Assignments

    1. Reading #1 (This reading was intended to provide a broad overview of some aspects of the course; at this point you won't be held responsible for this.)
    2. Reading #2 (In this reading assignment, only material corresponding to topics covered in class so far is eligible for coverage on the quiz; that would include material through the section on temperature scales.)

  5. Homework Problems
    1. Problem #1 (if it is returned graded by the beginning of class on the day of Quiz #1)

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