OHCHS Science Dept. Freshman Team One Course: Atmospheric Science Teacher: Mr.

Morrell Room: B123 2008-2009
COURSE OBJECTIVES To develop students’ critical thinking skills in relation to the study of Atmospheric Science. Additionally, to become knowledgeable about Atmospheric issues in order to intelligently evaluate information and make informed decisions. SCOPE This course is designed to give you the overview of the following systems on our planet Earth: Plate Tectonics, The Oceans, The Atmosphere, Weather Patterns, and finally Climate. We will discuss all of these major concepts in greater detail as we move through the semester. Some of the other topics that we will cover during our time together are Scientific Inquiry, the Metric System, and Lab Methods/Safety. This course will be intense but also rewarding. TEXT Required: Allison, Mead A. et. al. 2006 Earth Science MATERIALS What you need to bring to class everyday: • Textbook • 3-ring binder • Notebook • Pen/Pencil EXPECTATIONS - assignments are due at the beginning of class - two late assignments will be accepted without penalty - subsequent late assignments will be docked ten points a day for a total of 4 days o This includes opposite colored days - be proactive - bring necessary materials each day - class begins when the bell rings - class is not over until the teacher indicates - no food or drink in class, EVER! o This is an OSHA mandate for all Science classrooms


no writing on desks if unsure about a specific situation, reference your student handbook

NOTEBOOKS Each student is expected to keep assignments, notes and returned work in a 3-ring binder throughout the year. Notebook items are to be hole-punched, in order and complete. Notebooks will be collected (minimum of one day’s notice given) and graded for completion and organization (counts as 1 ½ test grade)

PROJECTS 1st semester - students will select an appropriate Oceanography topic, research the topic and present findings to the class. 2nd semester - students will select an appropriate Meteorological topic, research the topic and present findings to the class. Projects are a group effort (two students per group). Projects count as two test grade. EVALUATION Quarter Grades: Tests Labs Quizzes Homework/Classwork Semester Grades: 1st Quarter Average 2nd Quarter Average Final Examination GRADE VALUE A+ 98-100 A 95-97 A93-94 B+ 90-92 B 87-89 B85-86 C+ 83-84 C 80-82 C78-79 D+ 76-77 D 73-75 D70-72 F Below 70

35% 25% 25% 15% 40% 40% 20%

Unit Scientific Inquiry The Metric System Plate Tectonics

Physical Oceanography

Content The Scientific Method Measurement Conversions Continental Drift The Theory of Plate Tectonics The Changing Continents Deep Ocean Currents Ocean Floor features Surface Ocean Currents Prevailing Winds and Currents Chemical aspects of ocean water Physical aspects of ocean water Layers of the Atmosphere Temperature Changes Pressure Changes The Ozone Atmospheric Conditions Temperature Patterns Weather Patterns Air Masses Clouds Precipitation Climates of the Earth Interactions of the Climates

Approximate Time Week 1 Week 1-2 Week 3-4

Weeks 5-6

Chemical Oceanography

Week 7

The Atmosphere

Weeks 8-10

Weather Patterns

Weeks 11-14


Weeks 15-16

This is a tentative schedule of how our semester will go. I reserve the right to adjust the time frame as needed. I will provide notice of the change so that you can make adjustments to your calendar. If you have any questions about the content of this syllabus please email me at mmorrell@sad17.k12.me.us or talk to me after a class.