Atmospheric and Oceanic Science 100/101 FALL 2003


Instructor: Dr. Steve Ackerman
Office Hours: By appointment, e-mail, and immediately afterclass.
Room 251, Space Science and Engineering Center, 1225 West Dayton St.
Phone: 263-3647 E-mail:
Book: Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere            Ackerman and Knox
Grading: Based on results from three tests (55 points each totalling 165 points) and homework and in-class assignments (totalling approximatley 35 points)
Homework Assignments MUSTbe turned in on time. NO EXCUSES.

Extra credit projects MUST be cleared with me first.

    AOS 100/101 Lecture: Michael Richards
    AOS 101 Disc. 302 - Shane Hubbard (
    AOS 101 Disc. 304 and 305 - Steve Jaye
    AOS 101 Disc. 306 - Blaine Thomas (
Learning about weather, the atmosphere, and the world around us can be an enjoyable experience. You should be able to apply concepts we discuss in class to the world around you. Newspaper articles and news reports almost daily discuss weather events or impending climate change. This course will help you understand these issues and provide the background to evaluate the many editorials published on these subjects.

AOS 100 and AOS 101 will have lectures together. The difference between these courses is that AOS 101 has an additional 1 credit lab. Material in the lab is supplement to the material covered in the lecture. For students taking AOS 101, 75% of your final grade is based on your lecture grade and 25% on your performance in lab. To do well in this class you will need to do well on the exams. The three exams consist of multiple choice and fill in the blank questions with two "short answer" questions. I will 'curve' the grades upward, but not downward (A > 92%, A/B -- 88-92%; B -- 82-87% etc.).  Each exam is worth 55 points, plus approximately 35 points for homeworks and in-class activites. Thus, the following table is a guideline to the number of total points you'll need to get a given grade for the course. Any grades within 2 points of these cutoff values will be reviewed and a final grade will be assigned based on performance on exams and homeworks. Note, if you are missing a lot of homeworks a grade of 137 can result in a D for the semester.