Exercise on Atmospheric Structure and Stratospheric Ozone

Carolyn Dowling
Arkansas State University
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This activity helps students to understand the basic ozone structure as well as ozone and acid rain problems.

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This is for a general education class for non-majors. It is used in Environmental Geology. (See the course profile page for this course)

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Reading the chapter on atmospheres and additional internet sites as provided by the professor.

How the activity is situated in the course

It is a stand-alone exercise. It could be a pre-lab exercise or an extra credit assignment.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Atmospheric structure and ozone

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Synthesis of ideas.

Other skills goals for this activity

Concept Sketches Connection of atmosphere and, specifically, ozone to their well-being.

Description of the activity/assignment

Students do background reading on the atmosphere (see URLs below). The questions in this activity are divided up into atmospheric structure, stratospheric ozone, and acid rain. This activity helps students to understand the basic structure of the atmosphere as well as ozone and acid rain problems.

Determining whether students have met the goals

Grading the exercise.

More information about assessment tools and techniques.

Teaching materials and tips

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Supporting references/URLs

You can add material about your own area using the: EPA: http://epa.gov/airtrends/ozone.html National Weather Service: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ This activity is based on the following materials by Robert Mackay, Clark College Physics and Meteorology: http://www.atmosedu.com/Geol390/StratosphericOzone/Ozone/index.htm