MEA 130 - INTRODUCTION TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Dr. Viney P. Aneja
Professor, Air Quality
Professor, Environmental Technology
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://moodle.wolfware.ncsu.edu
Class Textbook: Meteorology Today 9th Edition, by C.D. Ahrens.
Office Hours: 5136 Jordan Hall (Available immediately after class).
Phone: (919) 515 7808
Lecture: 10:20 AM-1:00 PM; M, W, F Room 1216 Jordan Hall II
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 Moodle 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 classmate you 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 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 schedule exam.
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.
No extra credit will be given.
Course Teaching Assistant (TA): Ms. Priya Pillai Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Sara Christensen Email: email@example.com
Ms. Priya Pillai: Office: 5129 Jordan Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-2 PM (After lab each day)
Ms. Sara Christensen Office: 5130 Jordan Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12 noon-1 PM
CHAPTER SUBJECT MATTER
1 The Earth and Its Atmosphere
2 Energy: Warming the Earth and the Atmosphere
3 Seasonal and Daily Temperatures
Exam I is tentatively scheduled for about the week of May 30th, 2011 (in class)
5 Condensation: Dew, Fog, and Clouds
6 Stability and Cloud Development
Exam II is tentatively scheduled for about the week of June 6th, 2011 (in class)
8 and 9 Air Pressure and Winds
Exam III is tentatively scheduled for about the week of June 20th, 2011 (in class)
14 Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
18 Ozone Hole (If time permits)
Final review of the Course
The Final Exam is scheduled for Tuesday June 28th, 2011 8.00 AM to 11.00 AM
No extra credit will be given.