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Course SummaryEarth Science 104: Intro to Meteorology has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging earth science topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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The course objective is to identify and explain topics in meteorology such as types of severe weather, solar radiation's effect on Earth, air pressure, and skew-T diagrams.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
• Explain key atmospheric variables and concepts and form a concrete understanding of these terms to use in future application of more complex topics.
• Understand earth's atmospheric composition including the past, present, and future composition of the atmosphere and compare properties of earth's atmospheric levels in terms of temperature, composition, and role.
• Analyze how earth's tilt and rotation affect the magnitude of solar radiation at a particular location as well as defines seasons on earth.
• Outline the process of how atmospheric moisture and processes lead to cloud and precipitation formation and explain how stability, lapse rates, lift, and CCN's affect cloud and precipitation production.
• Explain earth's pressure circulation patterns and how differential heating creates pressure gradients.
• Analyze Skew-T diagrams to determine stability indices, key atmospheric levels, and potential weather events.
• Summarize air masses, fronts & midlatitude cyclones including how they form and affect weather patterns while also explaining the characteristics, formation, and causes of various storm types.
• Understand how weather forecasts are made including how products and models are used to create weather maps that are analyzed to make a forecast.
• Distinguish between the several factors that impact climate on earth and how these factors interact to create a region or locations climate.
• Explain earth's changing climate and how models are used to predict how earth's climate will change in the future.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Earth Science 104: Intro to Meteorology consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Earth Science 104: Intro to Meteorology by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Earth Science 104: Intro to Meteorology final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Meteorology Terms & Key Concepts||Defines important terms and closely examines key concepts related to meteorology, such as the scientific method, humidity, cloud formation and precipitation.|
|Structure & Layers of Earth's Atmosphere||Shares definitions of the atmosphere, troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere. Describes the structure of the atmosphere.|
|Solar Radiation's Effect on Earth||Teaches solar radiation, major regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, Wien's law, the Stefan-Boltzmann law, the solar constant and the inverse square law. Discusses solar radiation transfer, mechanisms of heat transfer and the energy transfer process.|
|Atmospheric Moisture & Cloud Formation||Details the water cycle, adiabatic and diabatic processes, the effects of inversions and measures of water vapor content. Lists types of condensation and atmospheric lapse rates. Describes precipitation forming processes and the formation and dissipation of cloud droplets.|
|Air Pressure & Wind||Provides a comprehensive overview of general atmospheric circulation, the ideal gas law, factors that affect wind and differential heating.|
|Skew-T Diagrams & Atmospheric Instability||Covers Earth's atmospheric temperature profile, convective available potential energy (CAPE), convective inhibition (CIN) and severe weather skew-T soundings. Explains how to analyze stability and evaluate atmospheric static stability from a skew-T diagram.|
|Air Masses, Fronts & Midlatitude Cyclones||Examines types of air masses and weather fronts. Discuss the impact of semi-permanent pressure cells. Shares facts about cyclones, anticyclones, the polar front theory of cyclogenesis, Rossby waves, El Niño, La Niña, Arctic oscillation and North Atlantic oscillation.|
|Severe Weather Types Overview||Describes thunderstorms, air mass thunderstorms and multicell and supercell thunderstorms. Examines characteristics of lighting, hail, tornadoes and hurricanes. Compares and contrasts downbursts, derechos, microbursts and haboobs.|
|Forecasting Methods in Meteorology||Discusses weather forecasting methods, procedures and products. Examines atmospheric models, weather maps and surface station models. Teaches how to construct isotherms and isobars and analyze surface weather maps.|
|Climate & Climate Change||Explains the global radiation budget, the Köppen Climate Classification System and maritime vs. continental climates. Discusses oceanic circulation, albedo, types of cloud coverage, the ozone layer and global climate models. Details how to estimate surface radiation balance.|
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|Completed the entire Earth Science 104: Intro to Meteorology course and achieved 100% Course Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
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|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
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