SECTION II: The Atmosphere
Week 4, 2.1. Introduction to the Atmosphere, ch 3 - Assignment 3: Submit Assignment using the corresponding link in the 'Submit Work' section.
 
 


Reading Assignment:  Chapter 3
  Introduction to the Atmosphere


Unit (Chapter) Plan:
Contents 
(unit topics)
Activities 
(things you must do)
Abilities Acquired
(what you learned)

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Contents (course topics):

Composition of the Atmosphere
    The Gases
    Particulates
Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere
    Temperature
    Pressure
    Composition
Human-induced Atmospheric Change
Weather and Climate
    The Elements of Weather and Climate
    The Controls of Weather and Climate
    Latitude
    Distribution of Land and Water
    General Circulation of the Atmosphere
    General Circulation of the Oceans
    Elevation
    Topographic Barriers
    Storms
People and the Environment: Depletion of the Ozone Layer

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Activities (things you must do):
Read Chapter three of your textbook
Review the story of plate tectonics
For a more simplistic model visit this site <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/tectonics>
<http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/planets/earth/Continents.shtml>
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Abilities Acquired (what you learned):

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
1.- Cite the main component of the lower atmosphere by total volume (1)

2.-  Give a major characteristic of the troposphere (2)
3.-  State what is the main feature of the atmosphere above  80 kilometer (3)
4.- List four climatic controls  (features that control climate) (4)
5.- Give the normal percent of water vapor in dry air (5)
6.- Name the segment (layer) of the atmosphere which blends into interplanetary space (6).
7.- Identify the leeward  side of a mountain (7)
8.- Name the third most plentiful gas in the Earth's lower atmosphere (8).
9.- Identify the source of  Oxygen (O2) to the atmosphere (9)
10.- Identify the roll of  particulates  to the formation of clouds in the atmosphere (10)
11.- Describe the roll of the homosphere (12)
12.- Identify the main feature of the  ionosphere (15)
13.- State the main impact of ozone on life on the Earth's surface  (16)
14.- Describe the main feature of the homosphere  (17)
15.- Describe the main feature of the heterosphere (19)
16.-  State the roll of ozone in the atmosphere (24)
17.-  State the direction of most surface winds in the Tropics (29)
18.- State the roll of  plants in  the composition of  the atmosphere (33)
19.- Identify the roll of latitude in the distribution of hot and cold temperatures over Earth's surface  (38)
20.-  State the influence on climate of carbon dioxide (40)
21.-List the four “weather element" (41)
22.- Name the  portion of the atmosphere  that contains the ozone layer (44)
23.- Describe the influence of chlorofluorocarbons in the breakdown of the ozone layer (45)
24.- Cite an important source of particles in the atmosphere (47) .
25.-  Describe the influence of Chlorine in the ozone of the stratosphere (51)
26.- List the two main components  that together make 95% of the atmosphere  (52)
27.- List four  dangers of increased ultraviolet exposure at the Earth's surface (57)
28.-  State the derivation (derives its name from) of the term  stratosphere (64)
29.- Give the chemical composition of ozone (68)
30.- Contrast between  "weather" and "climate" (69)
31.- List from the surface up into the atmosphere the order of the atmospheric layers (70)
32.- Describe hygroscope particles (71)
33.- List five important functions of Earth's atmosphere (72)
34.-  List three  sources of chlorofluorocarbons  (80)
35.-  Describe the chemical reaction that takes place in the destruction of Ozone by CFCs  (90)
 

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