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Gregory J Hakim
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 goal of this course is to develop your understanding of the weather and related atmospheric phenomena. We will emphasize understanding how and why things happen, and use a daily review of current weather to provide real-time examples of topics discussed in lecture.

Student learning goals

Why and how clouds and precipitation form

Know how to read weather maps

Understand basics for severe weather (thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes)

How to forecast the weather

Understand the greenhouse effect and global warming

General method of instruction

Lectures will involve handwriting on overhead projectors and computer graphics and animations.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Weekly quizzes and homework assignments, one midterm, and a final exam

20% homework, 25% quizzes, 25% midterm, 30% final

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.
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Last Update by Gregory J Hakim
Date: 02/13/2012