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Climate Changes

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Mea Cook

Williams College,
Private four-year institution, primarily undergraduate


The content of the class is 1/3 climate dynamics, 1/3 climate history, and 1/3 recent/future climate change.

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Earth System Topics: Oceans
Course Size:

Course Context:

This is a 200-level class with 3 1-h lectures per week and one 3-hour lab every other week. Problem sets and exams are 50% narrative, 50% quantitative questions. The prerequisites are (1) one introductory course (or higher) in phyiscs, chemistry or geosciences and (2) a passing grade on the quantitative placement exam (proficiency in algebra and trigonometry). The students who take this class are mix of (1) geoscience majors, (2) environmental studies majors and concentrators, (3) those taking the class to fulfill the science and/or quantitative distribution requirement.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to:

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

I try to incorporate current research and/or historical context for each topic, to give the students a sense of discovery, and how climate science happens. This context shows the students the applications of the facts/equations they are learning. I do example problems in lecture, give them more practice on problem sets, then assess their learning with closed-book exams.



Syllabus Williams College GEOS215 Climate Changes (Acrobat (PDF) 115kB Jun10 13)

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