Mid Term Study Guide

The exam covers chapters 1-7 (just the bits of Chapter 1 covered in the online notes).

The exam will be online.

The exam will be 1 hour and include up to 100 multiple choice questions.

You may not be able to answer them all in the allotted time. That’s OK. I will scale up the grades as necessary.

The Exam is NOT open book.  ANY cheating, use of notes, text, or communication during the exam will result in a “0” on the exam and an “F” in the course.

In order to prevent cheating, but in order to provide supervision,  I will set up a Zoom call and send you a link.  During the exam, please have your camera turned on, so I can make sure you are not using other study materials.  Make sure you take the exam on a computer that has a working webcam.

You MUST sign in with the Zoom link by the scheduled time and have your video and sound ON for the entire exam

Know some things including (this is NOT an exhaustive list!) …

  • the basic kinds of clouds and fogs.
  • things that affect temperatures – globally, locally, and over a 24 hour period
  • lapse rates
  • the various forces associated with winds
  • solar radiation and insolation
  • the basic composition of the atmosphere and what various layers ‘do”
  • solar winds/auroras
  • dew point
  • global and local winds (primary, secondary and tertiary)
  • albedo
  • wind chill and heat index
  • high and low pressure
  • stable and unstable air
  • geostrophic winds
  • isotherms and isosbars
  • relative humidity and dew point
  • rainbows
  • air pollution
  • urban effects on temperature
  • continentality

PLEASE take note of the things I’ve highlighted as important in my notes!  I didn’t highlight them for my health (but I did highlight them for yours)!!!   For instance in Chapter 6 online notes I say:  *** Study Figure 6.11, “General atmospheric circulation model” (3CE, p. 146; (Figure 6.12; 2CE, p. 157)).  Know it inside-out!  It will be on the exam in some form or other!  Be prepared!  ***  That’s worth noting!

  1. How to Study …
  • Read over the online notes (you may wish to print them off).  I like the “onion method” of studying as opposed to cramming.  The onion method means I read over the notes tonight … and absorb some (one layer of knowledge).  I read over the notes tomorrow (another layer of knowledge).  And so on, and so on, gradually adding layers of knowledge.  The challenge is, you can’t be an onion by starting to study the night before, at 11:59 p.m.!  You need to start today!
  • As you read the notes, DO use the figures in the text (an online resources) as references. The figures/pictures really help you visualize what you’re studying!
  • I will NOT ask you anything that is only in the text, but not in your notes!  However, in my notes, I do make many references to diagrams and figures in the text … TAKE NOTE of those!  If I made a comment in the notes that you should really study something … really study it!  It WILL show up on the exam in some form or other!
  1. What Should You Bring or NOT Bring?

You should bring …

  • Yourself!  (refreshed, relaxed, invigorated, empowered by the Spirit)
  • A pen (and pencil if you wish, for the diagrams).

You should NOT bring …

  • Your text or notes (sorry, this exam is not open book!)
  • Your cousin (a geography graduate student at Cambridge)
  • A calculator (any math will be VERY simple)
  • A cell phone, iPhone, tablet, netbook, notebook, or other electronic device other than the one you are using for the exam
  • Any crib notes, cheat sheets, or other “aids”

You’ll do fine!  That’s about it!  Study hard!  I know there is lots to know and lots to memorize (the plague of introductory science courses!), but go at it!

Try to remember that this is God’s creation we are studying (it’s one of the symptoms of the Fall that studying divine artistry seems like drudgery!).   As you study the Earth-Atmosphere system, you are studying God’s handiwork!  You are doing theology (learning about God)!  Hard though it is, try to keep that perspective going …

God bless,

Bruce