ATMS 317 Homework { HW1 HW2 HW3 HW4 Final} (return to main page)

Homework problems are intended to help you master the course material. You are strongly encouraged to work with others, but make your submitted homework a unique expression of your knowledge of the material.
A more thorough discussion of this process is given here.

Example 1 of an easy to read, clear homework page. (Nice handwriting with a pen, on one side of the page only).
Example 2 of a word-processed homework page.

All homework will be turned in through webcampus as either Microsoft Word or Powerpoint Presentation documents.

ASSIGNMENT 1 Reno Weather Discussion .

Purpose: Become familiar with weather observations and model output.
This assignment will be repeated throughout the semester for various locations.

Each student will lead a weather discussion for Reno's weather for about 5 to 15 minutes during the beginning of class.
Each student will be assigned a day, see the calendar.
Discuss the large scale and work to the smaller scale.
A template of sites to use for your discussion is below.
Note that this will be a conversation led by the student, everyone participates in the discussion.

Example Tools (you may use others):
Presentation as a review of fronts and air masses (also will go over this in class).

Wind simulation.

Model forecasts (tropical tidbits).

Model forecasts (pivotal weather).

Satellite Imagery.

Reno National Weather Service Forecast. Be sure to read Forecast Discussion.

UNR Weather Station data for the last 7 days.

Weather balloon data, upper air observations.

Current surface meteorology map, from here.

Discussion of vertical velocity at the 700 mb level.

ASSIGNMENT 2 Mathematics review.

Purpose: To become familiar with and/or review mathematics of fluid dynamics and meteorology.

Read chapter 1.

Here is the assignment.

Note: The coordinates of the Physics building are
Latitude= 39.540980° Longitude=-119.814090°.

ASSIGNMENT 3 Chapter 2 problems on Fundamental and Apparent Forces

Purpose: Practice with apparent and fundamental forces.

Read chapter 2.
Do problems 2.2, 2.7, and 2.10.


ASSIGNMENT 4 Chapter 3 problems on Mass, Momentum, and Energy

Purpose: Develop an intuitive understanding of this chapter's concepts.

Read chapter 3.
Do problems 3.1, 3.7, 3.13.

We will discuss problems 3.2, 3.5, 3.9, and 3.10 in class as well, so read and work on these also.


Final presentation and assignment

Choose a research paper that describes a major weather event or description of weather events of a certain type.
Examples are below for papers.
Have your paper ok'd by the professor.
Prepare and deliver a 15-20 minute presentation on the topic of your paper using material from the paper.
Read the papers chosen by other students as well.
Contribute to the discussion of papers presented by other students.

Example Papers and Places to Find Them:

Here's a place to look for papers: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.