GE172 Weather, Climate and the Environment Prof. John E. Ebel
Review Guide for the Final Exam
Like the mid-terms, this final 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, lecture notes, and internet sites 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. About half the final exam will cover material since the second mid-term, while the other half of the exam will cover material from earlier in the course. No material from the laboratory sections will appear on the exam.
The following is a chapter-by-chapter study guide:
Chapter 12. The important concepts concerning air pollution are presented in this chapter. Be sure to know the definitions of all of the bolded terms in the text. Also, be sure to study Table 12.1 in the text. However, Figure 12.2 will not be on the exam, so you do not need to study it. Tables 12.2 and 12.3 will not be on the exam, and Figure 12.11 will not be on the exam.
Chapter 13. There are a lot of details in this chapter that will not be covered on the exam, although the general ideas will be covered. For example, in Figure 13.3 be prepared to explain why there are variations in the annual rainfall patterns for San Francisco, Kansas City and Baltimore, but you do not need to give the specifics about the monthly rainfall for any of these cities. The “Focus on a Special Topic” on pages 358-359 will not be on the exam. Figure 13.7 does not need to be studied for the exam. Study the different climate types in the textbook, but you will not need to reproduce any of the figures of temperature and precipitation (such as Figure 13.9) in this chapter. Be sure to study “Focus on an Observation” on page 370. For the Köppen system of climate classification, know the general climate types, what kinds of winter and summer weather they experience (in terms of temperature and precipitation), and if there is much seasonal variation in temperature and precipitation. The letter codes of the different climate types need not be memorized.
Chapter 14. This chapter has a number of important concepts that should be carefully studied. Be sure to study “Focus on a Special Topic” on page 389. The “Focus on a Special Topic” on page 392 need not be studied for the exam. Do study the “Focus on a Special Topic” on page 399. The “Focus on a Special Topic” on page 403 need not be studied for the exam. Do study the “Focus on a Special Topic” on page 410.
Chapter 15. This chapter has a number of interesting and important topics. Everything in this chapter should be studied for the exam.