Step 1: Choose TWO questions – one from each question set below –
Step 2: Use mainly course resources – textbook readings and module
lesson content – to develop your answers, vs. doing an internet search.
Regardless of the source, provide references for the information used in
formulating your answers.
Step 3: Place your answers within a separate document that includes your
name at the top. Number each answer to clearly indicate which question is being
answered. (e.g., Question A1). DO NOT include the question statements in the
*Your answers will be scored on the completeness, correctness,
clarity, conciseness, and the degree of synthesis and application of the
related concepts, not on how many words they contain. More is not necessarily
better! This is NOT an essay assignment.*
Question Set A: Weather Applications in Everyday Life
Describe the general trends in pressure and temperature
data collected as a radiosonde attached to a weather balloon rises through
the troposphere. Support your answer by synthesizing and applying concepts
explored in Module 1 regarding the vertical structure of the atmosphere.
During a summer vacation to Mammoth Mountain,
California, you and some friends are planning to take the ski lift to the
top of the mountain, at nearly 11,000 feet above sea level, and descend on
bikes. Assuming there is no rain in the forecast, how should you and your
friends prepare for this adventure based on the expected changes in
atmospheric conditions during the descent? Support your answer by
synthesizing and applying concepts explored in Module 1 regarding the
vertical structure of the atmosphere.
Assume that the weather at the Embry-Riddle campus in
Daytona Beach, FL, is currently dominated by low pressure, and that the
weather at the Embry-Riddle campus in Prescott, Arizona, is currently
dominated by high pressure. Synthesize and apply concepts explored in
Module 1 to describe the expected differences in the current weather
conditions at each location based on the stated differences in relative
pressure. Your discussion should include references to several specific
Synthesize and apply concepts explored in Module 1 to
explain how you could determine the approximate locations of surface high
and low-pressure systems by viewing a weather satellite image of cloud
cover over the United States.
Question Set B: Weather Applications in Aviation
You are a member of an airport development firm who has
been contracted to build two new regional airports – one in a valley
nestled in high mountains and one near an ocean coastline. Synthesize and
apply concepts explored in Module 1 to explain why your firm should
consult a climate expert in the planning process.
Synthesize and apply concepts explored in Module 1
regarding the vertical structure of the atmosphere to explain the need for
commercial aircraft cabin air pressurization.
The upward lift on an aircraft wing is directly
proportional to the atmospheric density. All other factors aside, will the
upward lift on an aircraft wing increase or decrease as it gains altitude?
Synthesize and apply concepts explored in Module 1 to justify your answer.
After choosing any TWO weather elements described in
Module 1, make specific connections between each weather element and
expected or potential impacts to flight operations (during either takeoff,
landing, or en route).
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