Meteorology--Ch 18 Water in the Atmosphere
Topics, themes, and important concepts:
 18.1 Humidity & Condensation
o Characteristics of Water
o Condensation
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18.2 Clouds
o Types of Clouds
o Cloud Formation
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18.3 Precipitation
o How Precipitation Forms
o Measuring Precipitation
o Where Does Precipitation Occur?
Vocabulary:
 absolute (specific humidity)
 altocumulus cloud
 altostratus cloud
 cirrocumulus cloud
 cirrostratus cloud
 cirrus cloud
 cloud
 condensation
 condensation level
 condensation nuclei
 contrail (condensation trail)
 cumulonimbus
 cumulus cloud
 dew
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dew point (temperature)
dry adiabatic lapse rate
dry-bulb temperature
fog
frost
hail
leeward
maximum (water vapor)
capacity
orographic effect
precipitation
rain
rain shadow (desert)
relative humidity
Bookwork:
 Section 18.1
o Read pgs 390-395
o answer # 3 & 6 (pg 395)
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Section 18.2
o Read pgs 396-401
o answer # 2 & 6 (pg 401)
Section 18.3
o Read pgs 402-406
o answer # 4, 6 (pg 406)
Chapter review questions
o answer # 4. 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21 (pgs 410-411)
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saturation
sleet
sling psychrometer
snow
specific (absolute) humidity
stratocumulus cloud
stratonimbus cloud
stratus cloud
water vapor
wet/moist adiabatic lapse rate
wet-bulb temperature
windward
Meteorology--Ch 18 Water in the Atmosphere
Major assignments (others may be added, some may be omitted):
 Worksheets:
o 18.1 Humidity & Condensation
 “Atmospheric Humidity” worksheet
 “Relative Humidity & Dew Point” practice table worksheet
 “Dew Point & Relative Humidity Questions” worksheet
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“Dew Point” worksheet
 “Weather Variables” worksheet (pg 45-46)
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18.2 Clouds
 “Cloud Types” worksheet
 “Clouds & Weather” worksheet
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18.3 Precipitation
 “Clouds & Precipitation” worksheet (pg 49)
Labs:
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18.1 Humidity & Condensation
 Dew Point & Relative Humidity lab (s) (sling psychrometer method) (& for GLOBE program)
 Dew Point & Relative Humidity lab(s) (can method)????
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18.2 Clouds
 “Let’s Make a Cloud”
 Cloud ID & coverage (for GLOBE program)
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18.3 Precipitation
Activities/Projects:
o 18.1 Humidity & Condensation
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18.2 Clouds
 Optional/extra points Cloud photo project
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18.3 Precipitation
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Computer-based activities:
o CyberEd???
o GIS Investigations???
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Quizzes/Tests
o Quizzes can be given at various points and cover any material covered up to that point (including lab work or
homework). May or may not be announced.
o Tests will cover all concepts covered in this chapter. Will be announced.
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