Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PHY 114 Meteorology

Credit Hours:  4.0            Contact Hours:  6.0                          Lecture/Lab:  6.0              Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in MTH 092 or placement

Co-requisites:  None                                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course covers the composition and structure of the atmosphere, the flows of energy to, from, and through the atmosphere, and the resulting motions produced from small to planetary scales.  The physical principles of atmospheric phenomena are stressed in the understanding of weather’s impact on humans, particularly with severe weather.  Methods of analysis are developed through the study of current weather as meteorological data are delivered via the internet.

General Education Goals: PHY 114 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will use the scientific method of inquiry through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical operations;
  2. use the scientific method to analyze a problem and draw conclusions from data and observations;
  3. use accurate terminology and notation in written and/or oral form to describe and explain the sequence of steps in the analysis of a particular physical phenomenon in the area of meteorology; and
  4. perform laboratory experiments where natural world phenomena will be observed and measured