Fall 2004 Department of Geosciences

METR 200:

Introduction to
Atmospheric &
Physics &

MW 9:10-11:00 a.m.
604 Thornton Hall

Prerequisites: MATH 109 or equivalent and consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with METR 206.
Credit: Four semester units.
Text: Meteorology, 2nd Ed., 2003, Danielson, Levin and Abrams
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Instructor: Dr. Dave Dempsey, Professor of Meteorology
Office: 610 Thornton Hall
Office hours: MWF 11-12; or by appt.
Phone: 338-7716

General Course Objectives.
METR 200 (along with its sequel, METR 201) is designed to meet three general objectives:

METR 200 (like METR 201) is divided into two, roughly equal-length segments, and each segment is taught by a different faculty member with expertise appropriate to the topics covered in that segment. Broadly speaking, the topics in METR 200 include atmospheric physics, thermodynamics, and dynamics, with occasional references to the oceanic versions of these topics. (Oceanography and weather forecasting and analysis are covered more thoroughly in METR 201.)

We often will use current weather to illustrate physical principles discussed in class. To support this activity, METR 206, which is designed to familiarize students with the facilities of the Weather Graphics and Simulation Lab (WGSL), is corequisite with METR 200.

METR 200 emphasizes a quantitative approach to the subject, so we recommend that you bring an inexpensive calculator to class.

Class Attendance and Participation. We consider regular class attendance essential to your success and we strongly encourage you to interact with the faculty and the other students. Dr. Dempsey makes extensive use of in-class, small-group problem solving exercises as an instructional strategy, and your attendance and advance preparation is crucial for you to benefit from those exercises.

Topics Covered. In Dr. Dempsey's portion of the class, topics to be covered correspond roughly to those covered in Chapters 4, 5, 6, and part of 7 in the text, Meteorology (2nd Ed.), 2003, by Danielson, Levin and Abrams, though additional material not covered in the text will also be introduced. Topics likely to be covered include:

Exams, Assignments, and Grades. Two faculty members (Drs. Garcia and Dempsey) teach METR 200, and the work you do for each will contribute 50% to your final grade. In Dr. Dempsey's portion of the class, the contributions to your overall score will be determined as follows:

Assignments/Quizzes Contribution to Overall Score
Pre-class Exercises (on Blackboard) (3-5 total) 10%
Homework Problems (3-5 total) 25%
Quizzes (3-5 total) 25%
Quality of in-Class Participation 10%
Final Writing Assignment 30%

We aim to grade on an absolute scale:
90--100% A's
80--89.9% B's
70--79.9% C's
60--69.9% D's
below 60% Never mind

However, if for some reason the assignments seem too difficult for the class, We reserve the right to grade on a curve instead, which should effectively raise the grade for many people.

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