Physical Processes in the Atmosphere
604 Thornton Hall
METR 201 occasionally takes 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. I use a modified "inquiry-based" approach. This means I may be running with some interesting weather event that occurs in real-time and showing how what you have learned in Prof. Dempsey's portion of Metr 201 can be applied in understanding that event. And, more frequently, allowing the given weather event to "divert" the sequence of course material into a different set of explorations so that you can understand it.
Topics Covered. In Dr. Monteverdi's portion of the class, topics to be covered correspond roughly to those in Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and possibly 12 and 13, in the text, Meteorology, 2nd Ed, 2002, by Danielson, Levin, and Abrams. Additional material not covered in the text will also be introduced. However, depending upon what Dave Dempsey planned to cover, and was not able to, other Chapters may be covered.
Topics likely to be covered include:
Exams, Assignments, and Grades. Two faculty members (Drs. Dempsey and Monteverdi) teach METR 201, and the work you do for each will contribute 50% to your final grade. In my portion of the class, the contributions to your overall score will be determined as follows:
|Assignments/Quizzes||Contribution to Overall Score|
|Weekly Homework Problems (5-6 total; lowest dropped) (All work can be picked up on Friday 14 May, as well as the grade for John Monteverdi's portion of the class)||40%|
|Weekly Quizzes (5-6 total; lowest dropped (All work can be picked up on Friday 14 May, as well as the grade for John Monteverdi's portion of the class)||50%|
|Quality of in-Class Participation (Presence and Engagement With Class, Enthusiastic Participation in Discussions)||10%|
Please note that there will be NO makeups allowed for Quizzes and Homeworks. However, should illness or other emergencies prevent you from taking a quiz or turning in the homework, you need to contact me BEFORE the due date or the quiz time.
Dave Dempsey and I will aim to grade on an absolute scale:
|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.