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Topic 7: Meteorology

Topic Outline:

Properties of Earth’s Atmosphere

    - ESRT p. 14

    - convection, conduction, radiation

Weather Variables

    - Weather Instruments

    - Temperature/ ESRT p. 13

    - Pressure/ ESRT p. 13

         *High & Low Pressure Systems

    - Wind

         *surface winds

         *local winds (breezes)

         *global winds/ESRT p.13

         *jet stream

    -Humidity

        *Relative & Absolute Humidity/ESRT p. 12

        *Dew Point & Cloud Formation

            -using cloud base altitude                       chart

        *Adiabatic Cooling & Heating

                 -Orographic Effect

                 -Lake Effect Snow 

Severe Weather

    - Hurricanes & Tornadoes   

Weather Patterns

     - Air Masses & Fronts

     - Typical Northeast storm                          pattern

Station Models/ESRT p. 13

 

Homework:

HW#1- Atmosphere, Temp & Pressure  

                                                 Due: 2/1

read p. 126-129 /Do p. 128 & 130, #1-17

                       

HW#2- Winds              Due: 2/2

read p.131-135 / Do p.132 &135-136, #18-35

                      

HW #3-- Storms & Severe Weather   

                                               Due: 2/13

read p. 147-151/Do p. 151, #70-77

                                                                        

HW#4- Atmospheric Moisture    Due: 2/28

read p. 137-142/Do p. 142-144, #36-60

 

HW#5- Air masses & Fronts     Due: 3/7

read p. 144-146/Do p. 146, #61-65

 Online Homework:

Calculating Humidity & Dew Point w/ws  

                                                 Due: 2/17

Weather Fronts Review w/ws      Due: 3/6

Class Assignments/Labs:

Labs: 

   Lab 6-5 Weather Patterns

   Lab 6-6 Cyclonic Weather

   Dew Point & Cloud Formation Lab

   Interpreting Station Models

 

 

Quizzes:

Quiz: Pressure & Wind         Date: 2/3

Lab Quiz Cyclonic Weather    Date: 2/15

Quiz: Humidity, Dew Point, Clouds   Date: 3/2 

Lab Quiz Weather Patterns      Date:­3/8

                     

Test:

 Topic 7- Meteorology
       Periods 2 & 6: Part 2 Thurs. 3/9
                     Part 1 Fri. 3/10 
       Period 8: Parts 1 & 2 Thurs. 3/9 


                                               

                               
 
 
 
                            Topic 6: Insolation and the Atmosphere

Topic Outline:

Atmosphere Basics

     -layers of the atmosphere

     -clouds & atmospheric transparency

Greenhouse Effect

    - layers of atmosphere & ozone

    - greenhouse gases

    - shortwave vs. long wave radiation

Heat Budget

     - incoming minus outgoing =                    temperature

     - daily & yearly temperature lags

     - causes for Heat Budget shifts

Homework:

HW #10- Greenhouse Effect   Due : 1/6

read p. 103-104/Do p. 104-105, #3,5,9,8,10

                                                                        

HW#11- Heat Budget        Due : 1/11

read p. 108-109/Do p. 111, #26-31  AND

read p. 114-115/ On a post-it define: “sunspot” and      “deforestation”

                                       

*Please note that we are not covering ALL the material found in Topic 6, we have either covered it already OR will touch upon it in a future topic.


 Online Homework:

Greenhouse Effect video         Due: 1/5

         w/worksheet     

Class Assignments/Labs:

Labs:

   Greenhouse Gas Lab

   Global Warming

   Lab 7-4 Heat Budget

 

 

Quizzes:

GHG Lab            Date:  1/9

 

Lab Quiz 7-4        Date: 1/11

                     

Test:

 Topic 6- Insolation and the Atmopshere
                        Friday, 1/13 

*ESRT Test #2: Thurs., 1/19

*Midterm: Wed., 1/25 periods 1-3

                                               

 
Topic 5: Energy in Earth Processes

Topic Outline:

Electromagnetic Energy

     - wave properties

     - EM Spectrum (ESRT p. 14)

     - Insolation, absorption &                                              radiation

Energy Transfer

    - Conduction

    - Convection

    - Radiation 

Temperature and Heat

     - temperature (ESRT p.13)

     - specific heat (ESRT p. 1)

Phase Changes

     - Types of Phase Changes

     - Phase Change Diagram

     - Heat gained/released for water                          (ESRT p. 1)

Homework:

HW#6- EM Spectrum

 read p. 82-84 /Do p. 84-85, #1-12

                                            Due : 12/12

 

HW#7- Energy Transfer

read p.85-86/ Do p.86-87, #13-24

                                             Due : 12/14

 

HW #8- Temp and Heat

read p. 88-89/Do p. 89-90, #25-30                                                                   Due: 12/19

 

HW#9- Phase Changes

read p. 90-93/Do p. 93-94, #31-48

                                                Due: 12/22

 Online Homework:

Heat Transfer Experiments       Due: 12/21

 assignment cancelled

Found in ASSIGNMENT LINKS on webpage!

Complete experiments #3 & #4 by graphing the data and completing questions in packet.

 

Class Assignments/Labs:

Labs:

   Lab P-6 Absorption & Radiation

   Lab P-4 Conduction

   Lab P-5 Convection

 

 

 

Quizzes:

Lab Quiz P-6        Date:  12/15

 Lab Quiz P-4/P-5       Date:  12/20

                     

Test:

 Topic 5- Energy in Earth Processes 

                                     Friday, 12/23            

 
 
                       Topic 4: Earth, Moon, Sun System & Insolation

Topic Outline:

Models/History

     -Geocentric

     -Heliocentric

Actual Motions

    -Evidence of Earth’s Rotation

           Star Trails, Foucault, Coriolis

     -Evidence Of Earth’s Revolution

          Retrograde Motion, Apparent             Diameter of Sun, changing                 constellations

Apparent Motions of

     -Stars

     -Planets

     -Sun

          Celestial Sphere drawings

          Daily and seasonal pathways of                    Sun

          Tilt of Earth and reason for                     seasons

Variation of Insolation (Topic 6)

    -angle of insolation

     -time, season, latitude, duration 

Moon

     - Moon Phases

     - Eclipses (solar and lunar)

     - Tides (spring and neap)

                      

Homework:

HW#1- Models         Due : 11/15

read p. 63-64 /Do p. 65, #15-19

 

HW#2- Actual Motions    Due : 11/17

read p.65-70/ Do p.68, #20-27 and p.70-71, #28-40

 

HW #3- Apparent Motions      Due : 11/22

read p. 60-62/Do p. 62-63, #1-14

                           

HW#4- Insolation & Seasons (Topic 6) 

                                                  Due: 11/30 

Read p. 105-107/Do p.110-111, #11-28 and

   read p. 116-118 Do p. 119 #39-48     

                                   

HW#5- Moon       Due : 12/7

read p. 71-74/Do p. 74-75, #41-57

 

 Online Homework:

Rotation/Revolution Video w/ws   Due: 11/14                                           

Shadow Simulation w/ws       Due: 11/23

Eclipse Webquest   Due: 12/2

 

Class Assignments/Labs:

  Actual Motions:             Rotation/Revolution

   Apparent Diameter

   Star Trails Activity

   Apparent Daily Motions/Celestial Sphere

   Angle of Insolation

   Moon Pops

    

 

 

Quizzes:

Rotation & Revolution        Date:  11/18

 
Lab Quiz: Angle of Insolation   Date: 12/1

                     

Test:

 Topic 4- Earth, Moon, Sun System &                                                     Insolation         

          Periods 2 & 6: Thursday, 12/8

       Period 8: Part 2 on Thursday, 12/8                      Part 1 on Friday, 12/9 

                  

                                   
 
 
 
Topic 3: Earth in the Universe

Topic Outline:

Origin of the Universe

     -Proof of the Big Bang Theory

          *spectral line observations/Hubble’s Law

          *background microwave radiation

      -age of the universe

Structure of the Universe

     - What is a galaxy?

     - Stars

          HR Diagram (ESRT p.15)

          life cycle

Our Solar System

          - age of our solar system

          - ESRT p.15 (Solar System Data)

          - Celestial Objects: Planets, comets, and meteors

Keplar’s Contribution

       -3 Laws

       -Ellipse and Eccentricity (ESRT p. 1) 

                      

Homework:

HW#8- Big Bang & Stars  Due : 11/1

read p. 38-44
Do p. 40, #1-6 and p.44-45 #7-23

 

HW#9- Solar System      Due : 11/2*updated

read p.45-47

Do p.47 #24-29

 

 HW#10- Planets & Eccentricity  Due: 11/7

read p. 48-50

Do p. 51-52, #30-50

 Online Homework:

Universe Scale and Structure  w/worksheet                                             Due: 10/24

 

How Do We Study the Stars? w/worksheet

                                         Due: 10/27

Class Assignments/Labs:

Labs:

 

   Doppler Shift of Galaxies

   Classification of Galaxies

   Star Classification

   8-3 Ellipses

      

 

 

Quizzes:

Origin of the Universe                                                                    Date:  10/28

 Lab Quiz: Star Classification

                               Date:  11/3*updated

                     

Test:

 Topics 3 Test : Wed. 11/9 

                  

 
 
                            
Topic 2: Measuring Earth

Topic Outline:

Earth’s Shape and evidence

Spheres of the Earth

       - Atmosphere (ESRT p. 14),   Hydrosphere, Lithosphere (ESRT p.1)

       - Composition of Spheres (ESRT p. 1)

 Earth’s Coordinate System

  (Latitude & Longitude/Time Zones)

Field Maps

     - Drawing and Reading isolines

     - Gradient (ESRT p. 1)

Contour Maps

    - reading a contour map

    - drawing a profile

    - Gradient (ESRT p. 1)

                      

Homework:

HW#5-Spheres of Earth & Shape

                                            Due : 9/27

RB p. 18-20 Do #1-17 p.20-21

 

HW#6-Coordinate System  Due : 9/30

RB p.22-24 Do #18-30 p. 24-25

 

HW #7- Fields & Mapping   Due: 10/17

   RB p.26-30 Do #31-34 p.27 and

                          #35-48 p.31

 

 Online Homework:

Shape of the Earth Video w/worksheet

                                     Due: 9/23

Class Assignments/Labs:

Labs:  

    1-2: Earth’s Shape

 

   1-4: Constructing a Field Map

   Topo Maps Lab

  

      

 

 

Quizzes:

Lab Quiz 1-2 Earth’s Shape: 9/28

Lat/Long/Time Quiz: 10/6

Lab Quiz 1-4 Field Maps: 10/14

                     

Test:

 Topics 1 & 2 Test : Wed. 10/19

                  

 
           Topic 1: Introduction to Earth's Changing Environment

Topic Outline:

Observations and Inferences

 Percent Deviation (% Error)

 Measurement Review

 Density

    -equation

    -Relative Density

    -temperature and pressure changes

    -size and shape changes

 

Rate of Change

    -formula (ESRT p. 1)

    -graphing:

      Cyclic, Static, Direct, Inverse

 

                      

Homework:

 HW#1- Classroom Policies & Safety Contract                                                         Due: 9/8

 HW#2- Observation/% Deviation/Density

Read Review Book p: 2-4

 Do #1- 9 on p. 4-5    and Read  p. 5-6

Do # 10-18  on p. 7             Due:9/15

 

HW#3 - Rate of Change

Read RB p. 7-9   Do # 19-28 p. 10-11

                                Due: 9/20

 

HW #4 – Human Interaction

Read RB p. 11-12     Do # 29-39 p. 12

                             Due: ____________

 Online Homework:

Density w/worksheet                  Due: 9/13

  

Beginners  Guide to Graphing  

     w/worksheet          (completed in class)

 

 

Class Assignments/Labs:

Labs:

   P-1:Density

   P-3: Graph Analysis

  

      

Quizzes:

Measurement/Observation/Inference: ____   

Lab Quiz P-1: Density: 9/16

Lab Quiz P-3: Graph Analysis:   9/22                       

Test:

 ESRT Test #1 : Monday 9/26

                  

 
 
 
 


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