GEOS 100
Introduction to Weather and Climate
Last Offered Spring 2024
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed CAOS 100
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

How is it that we have such a hard time predicting if it’s going to rain next week, but we can be confident in projections of future climate change decades from now? This course will explore how fundamental laws of physics determine why air moves and changes, creating the wind, clouds, precipitation, and extreme events that form our weather. Building off of our understanding of the atmosphere, we’ll look at longer time scales to develop an understanding of earth’s climate system, global heat and moisture transport, climate change, and the ways that humans can change our planet. We will use weather and climate models to learn how scientists and meteorologists predict future conditions. Labs include benchtop experiments, data analysis projects, and self-scheduled meteorological observations. This course is in the Oceans and Climate group for the Geosciences major.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory
Limit: 60
Expected: 60
Class#: 3414
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly problem sets, lab assignments, midterm exam, and final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first year and second year students, Geosciences majors
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GEOS 100 Division III CAOS 100 Division III
QFR Notes: This course will have regular problem sets which require substantial quantitative reasoning. Labs will require analysis, presentation, and explanation of quantitative data, and exams will require some quantitative problem solving.
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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