COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course introduces basic meteorological concepts. Topics covered include air, the atmosphere, air pollution, acid rain, heat energy, wind, clouds, precipitation, air masses, storms, El Nino, climate, and global warming. Students will receive instruction through diverse methods including interactive presentations, videos, notes, and websites. Assessments include reviews and tests.
CHAPTERS
Ch.1 – Climate
Introduction
The Cause of Climate
Climate’s Effect on Landscapes (+36603)
Factors the Influence Climate
Climate Regions
Global Changes in Atmosphere
Global Warming
Global Warming 2
Ozone Layer
Review
Test

Ch.2 – Atmosphere
Introduction
The Air Around You
Air Movement
Earth’s Atmosphere
Air Pressure
Layers of the Atmosphere
Air Pollution
Acid Rain
Review
Test

Ch.3 – Weather
Introduction
Heat Transfer
Heat Energy
Energy from the Sun
Weather Proverbs
Wind
Clouds
Precipitation
Air Masses and Fronts
Lightning
Tornadoes
Hurricanes
El Nino
Review
Test
Ch.4 – Supplemental
Blizzards
The Air Around You
El Nino
The Water Cycle
Floods

Ch.5 – Planetary Motion
History of Astronomy
Earth’s Movement in Space
The Greenhouse Effect
Moon Phases
Auroras
Time Zones
Eclipses
Quiz

Ch.6 – Stars
Characteristics of Stars
Galaxies
Constellations
The Life Cycle of Stars
Black Holes
Tools of Modern Astronomy
Quiz

Ch.7 – Our Solar System
Introduction
The Sun
Inner Planets
Outer Planets
Dwarf Planets
Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors
The International Space Station
Space Travel
Social Effects
Review
Test