AOSC 200: Weather and Climate

Instuctor: Dr. Tim Canty


        Email: [protected e-mail]

        Office: ATL 3427

        Phone: 5-5360


    Office Hours:

                Wednesday 3:00-4:30 PM or by appointment


When emailing, please put AOSC 200 in the subject line

and be sure to sign your name at the end of the email




Weather: A Consice Introduction  by: Gregory Hakim and Jιrτme Patou




AOSC 200 is an I-series course  For more information on this and other I-series classes please visit the I-Series webpage



Teaching Assistants: 


Name Email Office Office Hours
Hannah Daley [protected e-mail] ATL 3416 Wed: 12:30-2:00pm
Justin Hicks [protected e-mail] ATL 3416 Fri: 10:00-11:00am
Shaun Howe [protected e-mail] ATL 3416  
Lindsey Rodio [protected e-mail] ATL 3416 Mon: 10:00-11:00am
Agniv Sengupta [protected e-mail] ATL 3416 Fri: 12:00-1:00pm



                 Session 1:       Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-1:45 pm   ATL 2324

                 Session 2:       Tuesday & Thursday   2:00-3:15 pm   ATL 2324


 Discussion Sections:


Section Day/Time Location



Session 1: 0101 Wed. 1:00-1:50 pm ANS 0402 Justin Hicks
Session 1: 0102 Wed. 2:00-2:50 pm ANS 0402 Hannah Daley
Session 1: 0103 Wed. 3:00-3:50 pm ANS 0402 Hannah Daley
Session 1: 0104 Wed. 2:00-2:50 pm CHM 0127 Shaun Howe
Session 2: 0201 Wed. 2:00-2:50 pm MTH B0429 Lindsey Rodio
Session 2: 0202 Wed. 3:00-3:50 pm MTH B0429 Justin Hicks
Session 2: 0203 Mon. 1:00-1:50 pm MTH B0429 Lindsey Rodio
Session 2: 0204 Mon. 2:00-2:50 pm MTH B0427 Agniv Sengupta


Course Description:

Weather affects not just our daily activities but other important aspects of society such as transportation, commerce, security and agriculture. Climate and climate change are concepts that evoke strong emotional responses from people. An environmentalist may say the planet is going to melt tomorrow while a politician makes a snowball in the winter and says everything is fine. Some of those talking the loudest about climate change don’t know what climate is and how it’s related to weather.

In this class, we will examine fundamental issues such as the greenhouse effect, severe weather, global weather patterns and air pollution and how these factors are affected by a changing climate. Instruction in the lectures will provide the basic knowledge needed to understand these issues. In the discussion sections, students will be divided into groups to address the implications of these conditions on their daily and future lives.


We're here to help you!


    If you find yourself struggling with course material, please contact the instructor or a TA right away. Often, a short conversation will really clear things up! Waiting until the end of the semester is too late to learn everything we go over in class. Seriously, come talk to us... we get lonely sometimes.


If you are experiencing difficulties in keeping up with academic depmands, contact the Counsleing Center


or go here for specific tutoring options


If you just need someone to speak with about issues outside of the classroom please contact the Counseling Office 



Know your rights!

For more information regarding your rights as a student and the University policies that cover missed classes, please visit the following website:



Overall grades will be determined as follows

Admission Tickets 5%
Topic of the day 10%
Quizzes 20%
Projects 20%
Mid-Term 20%
Final 25%



Here's how letter grades will be assigned:


Points          Letter


95 – 100         A+

90 – 94.9        A

85 – 89.9        A–

81 – 84.9        B+

78 – 80.9        B

75 – 77.9        B–

71 – 74.9        C+

68 – 70.9        C

65 – 67.9        C–

61 – 64.9        D+

58 – 60.9        D

55 – 57.9        D–

below 54.9      F



Extra Credit: There is no extra credit. Requests for extra credit will be ignored.


Grade Curves: Grades will not be curved.


Admission Tickets:


    Admission tickets are short, online, multiple choice quizzes that must be completed by NOON on the day of lecture.  Links to the admission tickets are available on the class calendar.  Questions will be based on the reading material for that lecture and will reflect some of the important points that you should take away from the readings. The four lowest scores will be dropped.


Topic of the Day:


   Sometimes we will have in class discussions on recent events and/or topics relevant to class.  You may be asked to work in small groups or individually in class or in discussion. There will be some before the midterm and the lowest grade will be dropped.  There will be some after the mid-term with the lowest grade being dropped. You must be present to receive credit. No excuses. This policy will not be changed simply because you missed all of the topics of the day in the beginning of the semester.




    Research is an essential part of understanding the Earth system. However, not all research requires an advanced degree and a super computer. During the semester, there will be three short research projects. For each project, your group will be divided into three teams each with two people: 1) Experiment and analysis, 2) Theory, and 3) Project Management. It will be the responsibility of the project managers to report the results of the project to the Program Managers (Tim and Shaun). Each pair of students will have the opportunity to fill each of the three project roles during the semester.


   Project grades will be based on both the quality of the presentation and the participation of each student within the group.  Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the other members in the group. Tim and Shaun will be available during the development phase of the project if you need assistance.


  Note: All students must participate in development of the project.  If there are any problems within the group please contact the instructor or TA immediately to resolve these issues.  It is not acceptable to wait until the project is due to mention that you were not able to participate due to communication issues or personality conflicts.



Quizzes and Exams:


   There will be two short quizzes (basically short exams), a mid-term exam, and a final exam.  The quizzes will be based on material covered either since the beginning of the semester (Quiz #1) or since the mid-term (Quiz #2).  The mid-term exam will be based on material covered in class up to that point in the semester.  The final exam will be cumulative but weighted more heavily on material covered later in the semester.  I reserve the right to give pop quizzes at any time during the semester. 


    Any course material not covered in class may be covered on the exams or quizzes.




   Attendance is strongly encouraged though not mandatory.  If you do miss class because of sickness, family emergency, dinosaur invasion, etc. please review the material for the lecture that was missed. If you have questions please contact the instructor or one of the teaching assistants  To help with this effort, recordings of lectures will be available online (see below).


Lecture Recordings:


    All lectures will be recorded and available for reviewing.  Links to lectures will be posted. Lecture recordings are meant to help with your studying efforts and to allow you to review material that you may not have understood when it was first presented. If overall class attendance drops too low online access to the lecture recordings will be disabled without warning. 


Academic Accommodations: 


If you have a documented disability, you should contact Accessibility & Disability Services (0106 Shoemaker Hall).  Each semester students with documented disabilities should apply to ADS for accommodation request forms which you provide to your professors as proof of your eligibility for accommodations.  More information can be found on the ADS website:


Religious Observances: 


The University System of Maryland policy provides that students should not be penalized because of observances of their religious beliefs, students shall be given an opportunity, whenever feasible, to make up within a reasonable time any academic assignment that is missed due to individual participation in religious observances.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any intended absences for religious observances in advance.  Notice should be provided as soon as possible but no later that the end of the schedule adjustment period.  Prior notification is especially important in connection with final exams, since failure to reschedule a final exam before the conclusion of the final examination period may result in loss of credits during the semester. 


Academic Honesty:


    The student-administered Honor Code and Honor Pledge prohibits students from cheating on exams, plagiarizing papers, submitting the same paper for credit in two courses without authorization, buying papers, submitting fraudulent documents and forging signatures. On every examination, paper or other academic exercise not specifically exempted by the instructor, students must write by hand and sign the following pledge:

I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (or assignment).

Compliance with the code is administered by the Student Honor Council, which strives to promote a community of trust on the College Park campus.  Any instances of academic dishonesty will be referred to the Honor Council.


In Class Behavior:


    It's fine to have short discussions with another student during class if they are 1) quiet and 2) short.  If you have a question the two of you can't figure out, please ask and we can try to answer it as a class. Excessive disruption of class is not only rude but wastes the money of those students who are trying to learn.  Any students continuously disrupting class or discussion will be asked to leave.


Cell Phone and Computer usage:


    Unfortunately, cell phone use is prohibited unless given express permission for use in class.  Using your phone not only keeps you from paying attention but it may distract those around you.  We know that it may be difficult to pay attention sometimes so if you need to stand up and stretch or walk around a bit, please do so. If you are waiting for an important call or text message please wait outside. 


    If you are obviously using a phone during class:


1) You will be asked to put it away, if you continue:

2) You will be asked to leave

3) Class will be stopped until you leave


    Any material not covered in lecture due to time spent waiting for students to leave will be covered in the exams. 


   Computer use is permitted provided if it is for reviewing posted lecture notes or to take notes.  There may be in class discussions where computer use is encouraged.  If you wish to use a computer while in class, you must sit in the first 6 rows of the middle section of seats. Cell phone rules apply for any computer use not related to class.


Class Schedule:





Admission Ticket



Introduction Chapter 1 No Admission Ticket Today Session 1
Session 2


Weather Observations Chapter 1 No Admission Ticket Today Session 1
Session 2


Weather Maps Chapter 2 No Admission Ticket Today Session 1
Session 2


Remote Sensing Chapter 2 No Admission Ticket Today Session 1
Session 2


Atmospheric Composition Chapter 3
Pgs 42-45
Admission Ticket 01 Session 1
Session 2


Atmospheric Structure Chapter 3
Pgs 45-50
Admission Ticket 02 Session 1
Session 2


Energy Transfer
Chapter 4
Pgs 51-61
Ticket 03
Session 1
Session 2


Quiz #1
Energy and the Earth
Chapter 4
Pgs 61-74
No Admission Ticket Today Session 1
Session 2


Temperature Chapter 4
Pgs 61-74
Admission Ticket 04
(due Thursday at 5pm)
Session 1
Session 2


The Water Cycle Chapter 5
Pgs 75-79
Admisison Ticket 05
(due Friday at 5pm)
No Recordings Today


The Water Cycle cont. Chapter 5
Pgs 79-89
Admission Ticket 06 Session 1
Session 2


Clouds pt1. Chapter 6
Pgs 91-102
Admission Ticket 07 Session 1
Session 2


Clouds pt2. Chapter 6
Pgs  102-116
Admission Ticket 08
(due Wed. at 5pm)
Session 1
Session 2


Precipitation Chapter 7 Admission Ticket 09 Session 1
Session 2
10/16 review study No Admission Ticket Today  
10/18 Mid-Term Exam   No Admission Ticket Today  


  Chapter 8
Pgs 126-135










Quiz #2
  No Admission Ticket Today  






Atmospheric Optics      
11/22 Happy Thankssgiving!!


    No Admission Ticket Today  


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No Admission Ticket Today


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Reading Day


Session 2 ( 2pm class) Final Exam: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM


Session 1 (12:30 class) Final Exam: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

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