SECTION II: The Atmosphere
Week 6, Pressure and Wind, ch 5- Assignment 5

 
 


Reading Assignment:  Chapter 5
Pressure and Wind


Unit (Chapter) Plan:
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Activities 
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Contents (course topics):

The Impact of Pressure and Wind on the Landscape
The Nature of Atmospheric Pressure
    Pressure, Density, and Temperature
    Mapping Pressure with Isobars
The Nature of Wind
    Direction of Movement
    Cyclones and Anticyclones
    Wind Speed
Vertical Variations in Pressure and Wind
The General Circulation of the Atmosphere
    Subtropical Highs
    Trade Winds
    Intertropical Convergence Zone
    The Westerlies
    Polar Highs
    Polar Easterlies
    Subpolar Lows
    Vertical Patterns of the General Circulation
Modifications of the General Circulation
    Seasonal Variations in Location
    Monsoons
Localized Wind Systems
    Sea and Land Breezes
    Valley and Mountain Breezes
    Katabatic Winds
    Foehn/Chinook Winds
Focus:
    The Coriolis Effect
    People and the Environment: Air Pollution
 

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Activities (things you must do):
Read Chapter FIVE of your textbook
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Abilities Acquired (what you learned):

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
1.- Explain the relationship of millibars to isobars
2.- Explain how atmospheric pressure is related to air density and air temperature.
3.- Explain the Coriolis effect
4.- Describe the four patterns of anticyclonic flow that occur in the atmosphere.
5.- Differentiate between trade winds and antitrade winds
6.- Contrast between trade winds and westerlies
7.- Give the principal characteristics of monsoonal circulations.
8.- Compare sea breezes and valley breezes
9.- Explain the concept of cyclone
10.- Explain katabatic winds
11.-  Explain  Polar fronts.
 

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