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Course SummaryIf you're struggling in your preparations for the UExcel Weather and Climate exam, check out our interactive study guide course. Video timelines let you focus on the exact portions of the videos you need to review, so you can quickly get up to speed and improve your chance of passing the exam.
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About This Course
All of the weather and climate concepts covered in a traditional, semester-based class can be found in our UExcel test prep course. Use it to study topics ranging from solar radiation to air distribution, and earn three hours of college credit in weeks instead of months. Our instructors walk you through several entertaining video lessons that make exploring weather patterns and climate classifications a breeze.
Syllabus & Course Information
Test questions on the UExcel Weather and Climate exam will assess your ability to meet the following learning objectives. Our lessons are designed around each of them, so that by the time you finish the course, you'll be able to:
- Differentiate between weather and climate. Identify the major components and structure of the atmosphere.
- Describe the global distribution of various climates. Identify factors involved in global warming and discuss the uses of the general circulation model to project future climate change.
- Understand thermal energy and solar radiation as well as the relationship between kinetic and potential energy. Name the seven regions of the electromagnetic spectrum and summarize the laws of radiation, the concept of blackbody, and the solar constant.
- Explain why the rotation of Earth affects its seasons and climates. Describe mechanisms of heat transfer and the greenhouse effect.
- List factors that influence Earth's daily and annual temperature patterns. Measure and convert units of temperature. Plot points on a thermodynamic diagram.
- Identify weather variables and describe the general circulation of the atmosphere. Use the ideal gas law and the gas constant to explain the effect of air pressure on the atmosphere.
- Name factors that affect wind and describe the various types of wind. Recognize the uses of anemometers and wind vanes.
- Trace the steps in the water cycle and describe measures of water vapor content. Study humidity, the saturation process, and the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Describe adiabatic and diabatic processes as well as the types of condensation.
- Understand atmospheric lapse rates, the formation and dissipation of cloud droplets, and the effect of atmospheric moisture on climate variability.
- Summarize the processes involved in cloud formation and name the various cloud types. Understand air lift, inversions, static stability, the environmental lapse rate, and atmospheric instability. Explain the effects of cloud coverage on climate.
- Outline the various causes of precipitation and describe the precipitation process. Explain the relationship between global precipitation distribution, winds, and pressure patterns. Examine the consequences of cloud seeding experiments.
- Describe the single-cell and 3-cell models of general circulation. Understand weather fronts, global wind patterns, and jet streams.
- Explain how Rossby waves influence cyclonic activity. Describe monsoons, El Nino, and La Nina. Outline the effects of air masses on weather and identify the types of weather fronts.
- Summarize the distribution of water on Earth as well as the relationship between oceanic and general atmospheric circulation. Understand oceanographic upwelling and factors that contribute to longshore transport.
- Explain the polar front theory of cyclogenesis and discover the characteristics of multi-cell and super-cell thunderstorms. Describe the formation of cyclones, anticyclones, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
- Understand the procedures used to forecast weather. Explain the uses of various types of weather maps and images.
- Identify the sources and types of air pollution. Discover how developed and developing nations differ in their methods of controlling air pollution. Assess the importance of the ozone layer and describe the effects of urban heat islands.
To get the most out of this weather and climate course, you might consider completing our introductory Earth science lessons before beginning your study of atmospheric science, weather patterns and climate change.
The instruction you'll receive over the course of these 13 chapters and 132 video lessons is designed to make learning weather and climate concepts fun. If a written format is more to your liking, we have lesson transcripts as well. There are also self-assessment quizzes you can use to determine when you're ready to move onto the next concept, and our subject-matter experts are available to answer all of your weather and climate questions.
UExcel Weather and Climate Exam Information
Passing scores on the UExcel Weather and Climate exam demonstrate your understanding of the same topics covered in a semester-long weather and climate, meteorology, or atmospheric science course. Many colleges and universities award three credits to successful examinees, which is the same number conferred to students who take a traditional class. You can use these credits to fulfill general education, core or elective requirements for your degree program.
- Number of Questions: Approximately 120
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $95
UExcel Weather and Climate Exam Breakdown
|UExcel Exam Concept||Percent of the UExcel Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Study.com Chapters|
|Characteristics and Behaviors of the Atmosphere||30%||36 questions||42 lessons|
|Hydrologic Cycle and the Atmosphere, Weather and Climate||20%||24 questions||27 lessons|
|Forms of Weather||20%||24 questions||43 lessons|
|Human Factors||15%||18 questions||8 lessons|
|Climate||15%||18 questions||12 lessons|
Earn UExcel Credit
Using our test prep course to prepare for the UExcel Weather and Climate exam is a simple and cost-efficient way to work towards your undergraduate degree. In around two weeks, you can earn three college credits on your own time and for considerably less expense than a school's tuition and fees.
Study Schedule for the UExcel Weather and Climate Exam
How often you decide to sit down for the roughly 13 hours of instruction included in this course is up to you, but if you'd like some idea as to how you might organize your time, check out the table below. You can also use it to gauge when you'll be ready to schedule a test date.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||Around 1 ½ weeks|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||Just over 2 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||About 4 weeks|
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