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

 

Review Guide for the Second Mid-term Exam

 

Like the first mid-term, this 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.  While the exam will emphasize material since the first midterm, there are some concepts from the early chapters that may be important for this exam.  No material from the laboratory sections will appear on the exam.

 

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

 

Chapter 6.  This chapter contains many important concepts about the forces that move the winds of the atmosphere. Pay careful attention to the concepts and figures in this chapter as they will be referred to throughout the later chapters. You do not need to study Figures 6.4, 6.5, 6.6 or 6.7.  In addition to reading the chapter text and figures, be sure to study each “Focus on …” section in this chapter.

 

Chapter 7.  This chapter starts with local and regional wind systems and then moves into global wind patterns and how they interact with global ocean circulations. There are many important concepts in this chapter to study, and anything in this chapter could appear on the exam.

 

Chapter 8.  This chapter is a key one for understanding our North American weather.  Be sure to study carefully the figures and terms in this chapter.  Be able to summarize the information in Tables 8.2, 8.3 and 8.4 using either words or drawings (or both). Be sure to study each “Focus on …” section in this chapter.

 

Chapter 9.  The terminology is probably the most important part of this chapter, and much of it you are probably already familiar with from TV and radio weather forecasts. Figure 9.3 need not be studied for the exam.  The Focus on an Observation on page 248 need not be studied for the exam.  Table 9.1 need not be studied for the exam.  However, do study Table 9.2.

 

Chapter 10.  This chapter gives a good introduction to thunderstorms, lightning and tornadoes.  Study carefully the text and figures in this chapter.  The Focus on a Special Topic on page 275 is interesting to read, but you do not need to study it for the exam.  For the Fujita scale in Table 10.2, be sure to know how many categories there are and how those categories are defined.  Be sure to study the Focus on an Observation on page 282 and on page 295.

 

Chapter 11.  This chapter talks about some of the most powerful storms on the planet.  Its text and figures contain many important concepts, so study them carefully.  The Focus on a Special Topic on page 308 is important and should be studied for the exam.  Table 11.1 need not be studied for the exam.  In Table 11.2, you only need to know how many categories there are and how the category levels are determined.  You should read the Focus on a Special Topic on page 314, but it will not be covered on the exam.  Read through the section on notable Hurricanes (pages 315-321), but that section (including its figures and Table 11.3) will not be covered on the exam.  However, be sure to study the Focus on an Observation on page 319 as that material might appear on the exam.  The Focus on an Environmental Issue on page 322 should be studied for the exam.