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MEA 130 - INTRODUCTION TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Spring 2010 Semester

Instructor Information

Viney P. Aneja
Professor, Air Quality; and Professor, Environmental Technology

Room 5136 Jordan Hall
Campus Box 8208
Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8208, USA

Office Phone:  (919)515-7808
Fax:                (919) 515-7802
Email:              viney_aneja@ncsu.edu
http://www.meas.ncsu.edu/airquality

Course Information

This course explores the structure of atmosphere, including its chemical constituents as well as its physical and dynamical properties as they pertain to every day weather and climate.

  • Emphasis will be placed on energy forms as they relate to temperature, moisture forms, as they relate to clouds and precipitation, and pressure patterns as they relate wind flow. We will also examine air masses, fronts and mid-latitude cyclones; as well as the development and evolution of severe weather phenomena including thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes.
  • Where possible, daily weather map discussions will be used to illustrate the concepts and principles.
  • This course is designed for undergraduate students not majoring in meteorology.
  • There are no prerequisites; however, a 1-hour credit lab (MEA 135), may be taken.

Class Website: http://vista.ncsu.edu

Class Textbook: Meteorology Today 9th Edition, by C.D. Ahrens.

Office Hours: Available immediately after class.

Lecture: 8:05-9:20 AM; T, TH Room 117 Witherspoon Student Center (WSC) 

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory in all 100 level courses.  

Quizzes: In order to monitor attendance, random quizzes will be given. There will be up to three quizzes spread out over the length of the course. 

Notes: Outlines of the notes (in Adobe pdf format) are available at the class Vista website. If you print the notes from the web site, you may only need to make marginal notes during class, hence be able to participate in classroom discussion. 

Etiquette: Out of respect for your instructor and fellow classmateyou will turn off cell phones, refrain from talking and reading newspapers. Violators will be asked to leave and marked absent. 

Exams: Three exams will be given during the semester, consisting of 50 multiple choice answer questions based on lecture and textbook material. Make up exams will be given only once and only to those students who contact me prior to the beginning of the originally scheduled exam. The final exam will be scheduled for the end of the semester. 

Grading: The three exams will count for 60% of the grade. The quizzes will count for 10% of the grade. A comprehensive final exam counting for 30% of the grade will be given at the end of the semester. The +/- grading system will be used.

No extra credit will be given.

Course Teaching Assistant (TA):
Ms. Megan Gore
Phone: (919) 515-3690
Email: mlgore@ncsu.edu
Office: Room 5129, Jordan Hall
Office Hours: TBA


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