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David S Battisti
ATM S 101
Seattle Campus


The earth's atmosphere, with emphasis on weather observations and forecasting. Daily weather map discussions. Highs, lows, fronts, clouds, storms, jet streams, air pollution, and other features of the atmosphere. Physical processes involved in weather phenomena. Intended for nonmajors. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

The course deals with the science of the Earth's atmosphere. My goal in this course is to provide you with a better understanding of the processes occurring in the atmosphere that are responsible for the weather and climate we experience. I will focus on why and how things happen, rather than have you memorize climate classifications and statistics. We will also learn how to read the sky and weather maps, and we will discuss the cause of selected natural and anthropogenically induced climate variations, such as El Nino, Greenhouse Warming, Acid Rain and the Ozone Hole.

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Class assignments and grading

Homework: Homework will generally consist of five questions, each with multiple parts. Three of the five questions will be graded in depth, and the rest will be skimmed through quickly. Homework will be handed out on Thursdays and is due at the lecture on the following Thursday. Late homework is devalued at 50% per day. You will be allowed one free drop for the quarter (worst grade, sick, etc.). Exams: The content of the exams will be based on class discussions, section discussions and activities, reading assignments and homework. The final exam will cover the entire course. The format of the exams is short answer and closed book. Makeup exams will consist of a seriously viscous essays assigned by Dr. Battisti.

Course Grading: Homework 20% Two midterms 24% each Final 32%

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David S Battisti
Date: 01/04/2004