Review for the first exam


  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Electromagnetic radiation
  • Solar radiation
  • Terrestrial radiation
  • Energy (different types)
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Latent heating
  • Radiation
  • Specific heat
  • Advection
  • Atmospheric gases
  • Sensible heat
  • Aerosol
  • Albedo
  • Temperature Inversion
  • Temperture Lag
  • Temperature Range
  • Wind Chill
  • Relative humidity
  • Dew point
  • Vapor pressure
  • Saturation vapor pressure
  • Fog Types



Energy Transfer

Know which direction heat is transferred and what determines how fast heat is transferred in:

  • Radiation
  • Convection
  • Conduction
  • Latent Heat
  • Rising air
  • Advection

Know how the annual and diurnal temperature cycle of a city are related to:

  • its altitude
  • its latitude
  • its surface type
  • its relation to a large water body
  • its elevation

Annual Temperature Cycles

Given a plot of the annual temperature cycle of two or more cities, be able to identify which one 

  • is furtherest south
  • near a large body of water
  • at a higher elevation
  • is a desert versus forest
  • a city versus rural


Readings: Chapters 1-4

Fogs: Know the different types of fogs and why they form.

Know how to change the dew point, relative humidity, vapor pressure and saturation vapor pressure.



Energy Gains versus Energy Losses

  • Identify which energy transfer processes are important and unimportant (i.e., which processes can you eliminate)
  • If an imbalance exists will the temperature increase or decrease, or will water change phase?
  • Be able to explain the seasons.



Test Format (the exam is worth 55 points)

36 multiple choice questions (1 points each)
2 short answers (10 points each).