GE172  Weather, Climate and the Environment                                                             Prof. John E. Ebel

 

Review Guide for the First Mid-term Exam

 

This mid-term exam will test for an understanding of the basic terminology and concepts presented in the lectures and the textbook.  It is important to carefully review the text and lecture notes and to pay particular attention to those concepts that are emphasized in the text and lectures.  In reading the text, be sure to study the figures and tables.  They contain material that may show up on the exam.  No material from the laboratory sections will appear on the exam.

 

The following is a chapter-by-chapter study guide:

 

Chapter 1.  Read through this chapter and learn the concepts that are presented and the terms that are defined.  Be sure to know the names and percent volumes of the first 2 most abundant permanent gases in the atmosphere (Table 1.1).  Know the names, but not the percent by volume, of the variable gases in Table 1.1.  Be sure to study The Radiosonde section on page 11; the section entitled Meteorology—A Brief History on page 15 is interesting, but it does not need to be studied for the exam.  The section entitled What is a Meteorologist on page 21 will not appear on the exam and need not be studied.

 

Chapter 2.  This chapter has a number of important concepts that should be carefully studied.  The formulas for converting between the different temperature scales will not be covered on the exam.  In Table 2.1, know which materials have high heat conductivity and which have low heat conductivity.  However, you do not need to know the conductivity values in that table.  In Figure 2.7, only the wavelengths of Ultraviolet, Visible and the Infrared categories need to be memorized. In Table 2.2, know which materials have high and low albedos. However, you do not need to know the albedo values in that table.  Table 2.3 need not be memorized for the exam.  Be sure to study all of the Special Topics in this chapter.

 

Chapter 3.  This chapter contains several important concepts that you should be very familiar with. The section Record High Temperatures on page 48 should be studied, but you do not need to know Table 1 for the exam. Similarly, the section Record Low Temperatures on page 61 should be studied, but you do not need to know Table 2 for the exam.   You do not need to study Tables 3.1, 3.2 or 3.3 for the exam. Please read the sections entitled A Thousand Degrees and Freezing to Death on page 70 and Should Thermometers Be Read in the Shade? on page 74, and be prepared to answer questions about them.

 

Chapter 4.  This is a chapter that has many important concepts for the course.  Please study it carefully.  Figure 4-10 does not need to be studied for the exam.  The section Humid Air and Dry Air Do Not Weight the Same on page 90 is important and should be studied for the exam.  The section Fog Dispersal will not be covered on the exam and does not need to be studied. Tables 4.3 and 4.4 will not appear on the exam and need not be studied.

 

Chapter 5.  There are many important concepts in this chapter that should be studied.  The section Does Cloud Seeding Enhance Precipitation? on page 127 will not be on the exam.  Do study the section Are Raindrops Tear-Shaped? on page 129.  Study Aircraft Icing on page 133.  Table 5.1, Figure 5.29, Figure 5.37 and Figure 5.38 need not be studied for the exam.