Factors That Affect Wind: Pressure Gradient Forces, Coriolis Effect & Friction


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The ultimate source of wind is

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1. The Coriolis Effect is the

2. What happens to air as it expands?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of factors that affect wind. Some of the topics you'll be quizzed on include the 'ultimate' source of wind as well as explaining the Coriolis Effect.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • 'Ultimate' source of wind
  • Property of expanding air
  • Explaining the Coriolis Effect
  • Description of pressure gradient force
  • The Coriolis Effect and friction

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on factors that affect wind
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the Coriolis Effect
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding properties of expanding air
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about pressure gradient force

Additional Learning

To learn more about meteorology, review the accompanying lesson on Factors That Affect Wind. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define wind
  • Tell what a convection current does and its relationship with wind
  • Describe the following terms: pressure gradient and pressure gradient force
  • Explain the Coriolis Effect
  • Understand how friction affects wind