Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science


This course - Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science - has been compartmentalized into eleven lessons in order to aid your learning and to grow your analytical skills. But in the atmosphere, the fundamentals of atmospheric science work together to create the atmosphere that we observe. In this lesson, you will work to draw on your understanding of the atmosphere to explain an atmospheric observation that you have chosen. In addition, you will demonstrate your understanding of the lessons by taking a final exam that is made up of questions and problems from the eleven lessons. You will have worked some of the problems and answered some of the questions, but not all.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

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

Lesson Roadmap

Please see Canvas for a list of required assignments, due dates, and submission instructions.


If you have any questions, please post them to the Course Questions discussion forum, located in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.