Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science



I am very happy that you have decided to join me this semester. Before we begin our semester of study together, it is important that you review all of the material in this Orientation and in our course syllabus. These two resources will prepare you to be successful in this course and will make the journey through our course significantly easier for you.

What will we learn about in the Orientation?

  • An overview of Canvas, Penn State's course management system
  • An overview of the course website
  • Technical requirements for this course
  • How to succeed in this course
  • Where to get course assistance if you need it
  • A little bit about your classmates and your instructor

What is due for the Orientation?

Optimally, you should complete the Orientation before the first week of class so you are prepared.

The following is an overview of the activities that you should complete during the Orientation. Detailed directions and submission instructions are located on the page containing the assignment within this orientation.

Tasks to Complete for the Course Orientation
Tasks Page of Orientation
Personalize your Canvas profile and set notification preferences. Canvas Activities
Introduce yourself and meet the rest of the class. Canvas Activities

Have you looked at the syllabus yet?

This Orientation complements and expands on the information provided in the syllabus. If you haven't read it, be sure to review that document carefully! It is linked from this website is also be available in Canvas.


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum (not e-mail), 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.