ATM 121A -- Atmospheric Dynamics
Page Last modified: 4 February 2003
Course Administrative Matters
- How to Contact the Instructor
- Name: Richard Grotjahn
- Email: grotjahn'at'ucdavis.edu
- Phone: 752-2246
- Fax: 752-1793
- Office: Rm 231 Hoagland Hall
- Office hours: the hour after lecture, MWF 11am-noon.
- Exams and Quizes
- Quizzes scheduled for every Friday except 14 February
- Midterm scheduled for Friday, 14 February
- Final Exam
- scheduled for 1:30-3:30 PM Monday 17 March
- Final Exam room location is 124 Hoagland Hall or 159
- What if you miss a quiz or exam due to illness?
- please obtain a medical note
showing that you were ill and did seek assistance from a medical provider
such as your doctor or the student health center.
- Once I see a valid note, I
shall work to provide you with a make-up quiz or exam.
- Since I post quiz keys
immediately after the scheduled quiz, I will need to prepare a new quiz
in this case.
- Due by noon each Wednesday. Note: this time is earlier than the time listed
on the written course administration handout. If a due date is listed on an individual
problem set handout, that time takes precedence.
- Late turn-in penalty of 50% reduction in your score if turned in during
the 24 hours after the due date and time.
- I post a key to the problem set after EITHER: the last person has turned
in their homework OR the 24 hours after the due date and time.
- Do your own work. This is not a "team effort". You are permitted to ask general
questions of me or your fellow students.
- Please note: There are 3 units worth of lecture, but the course is worth 4 units.
The extra unit recognizes that the problem sets are difficult. You should plan on
spending more time on homework in this course than in other 3-unit, 3-hour lecture,
- Homework format
- Start each problem on a new page.
- Write down the problem description in full. (You do not need to write down the hints)
- Do not hand in "scratch-paper" but turn in a neat, legible, and organized answer.
If need be, copy over your answer after working out the solution.
- Clearly and concisely explain in words what you are doing at each step as
you solve a problem.
- If a diagram is asked for, make sure it has all the relevant information including
axis labels, contour line labels (if applicable), etc.
- Number all equations you introduce and refer to them by number. Surround the number with
parentheses and preceed that with the letters "Eqn." so that your intent is clear.
- Use commonly understood or standard names for variables as done in lecture. Be sure
to define any variable you introduce. It is also a good idea to define a standard name
to ensure your solution is understandable. (e.g. "Where P = pressure and t is time.")
- Grading weights:
- 30% total for Problem Sets
- 25% for Midterm Exam
- 20% total for Quizzes
- 25% for Final Exam
Selected Figures Shown in Class
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