1 
 correctly use significant figures, dimensions, and units
 solve simple problems using integral and differential calculus
 prepare and use a course Excel workbook for course calculations

2 
 use the fundamental gas laws  Ideal Gas Law, Dalton’s Law – to determine the relative densities of different air masses
 derive the hydrostatic equilibrium equation from force balance to show why atmospheric pressure decreases with height
 use the 1st Law of Thermodynamics and conservation of energy (i.e., adiabatic processes) to explain air parcel temperature changes
 determine stability for different dry environmental temperature profiles
 calculate buoyancy and vertical velocity with time

3 
 differentiate among the different ways that moisture can be expressed and choose the correct one for finding an answer
 explain the meaning of the lines and spaces on a water vapor phase diagram
 calculate relative humidity using the ClausiusClapeyron Equation
 solve energy problems related to temperature and phase changes
 demonstrate proficiency with using the skewT to find the lifting condensation level (LCL), potential temperature, relative humidity, wetbulb temperature, dry and moist adiabats, and equivalent potential temperature

4 
 explain the role that each atmospheric constituent plays in atmospheric structure and weather
 identify changes in minor and trace gas amounts and the impacts these changes have on the atmosphere
 explain how the atmosphere cleanses itself, using methane as an example
 use chemical equations to show how ozone is formed in the stratosphere and the troposphere and how they differ
 diagram the lifecycle of aerosol particles with an emphasis on their role in weather

5 
 identify cloud types
 describe the essentials for cloud formation
 on a Koehler curve, explain the behavior of a particle in different supersaturation environments
 explain the lifecycle of cloud formation through precipitation

6 
 identify the causes of changing solar radiation on Earth
 calculate properties of the spectrum of solar and Earth radiation in terms of the Planck function
 calculate the absorption between you and a light source
 explain why the sky looks blue and hazy in the summer

7 
 demonstrate the effects of infrared absorbers on Earth’s temperature using a simple model
 explain the concept of radiativeconvective equilibrium
 determine what a satellite is seeing by interpreting the observed spectrum of upwelling infrared radiation

8 
 calculate partial derivatives
 implement vector notation, the dot product, the cross product, and the del operator
 explain the different coordinate systems and how they are used
 convert between math and meteorological wind directions
 calculate temperature advection at any point on a map of isotherms (lines of constant temperature) and wind vectors

9 
 identify regions of convergence, divergence, positive vorticity, and negative vorticity on a weather map
 calculate the strength of the different flow types from observations
 relate vertical motion to horizontal convergence and divergence

10 
 explain mass conservation physically, recognize the mass conservation equation, and memorize its form when density is constant
 state the three main conservation laws in atmospheric science: the conservation of mass, the conservation of momentum, the conservation of energy
 name and explain the three fundamental (real) forces in the atmosphere (gravity, pressure gradient, and friction)
 name and explain the two new (apparent) forces that emerge when momentum conservation is written in the rotating reference frame
 draw the balance of forces for geostrophic flow, gradient flow, geostrophic flow with friction, and cyclostrophic flow
 explain why midlatitude winds are westerly

11 
 draw the PBL and its diurnal variation
 perform Rayleigh averaging on an equation and derive an equation for the turbulent parts
 explain kinematic fluxes
 show vertical motion using eddy fluxes
 explain turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) and its behavior
 sketch surface energy budget for different conditions

12 
 explain the physical and chemical phenomena that are responsible for an observation of the atmosphere
 demonstrate your mastery of the course learning objectives
