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Spring 2011      EAS 211 Weather and Climate (3 units)

Section 4296    Class Begins January 24, 2011

Course Description

The earth’s atmosphere is critical for life, and its ever-changing patterns keep us all focused on the air around us. This course is designed to give you an understanding of basic weather and climate parameters, the causes of severe weather, and factors in weather and climate forecasting. From day-to-day weather knowledge to an understanding of modern issues regarding Earth’s changing climate, this course is packed with practical information for science and non-science majors.

Recommended Prep: English 80 or placement into English 200 through assessment process.

  • Instructor:  Steve Cardimona
  • Email:
    After the class has started, please use ETUDES Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information: Meteorology Today, 9th edition, Ahrens, Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2009.
  • Syllabus: contact instructor for more information
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 9 hours per week reading, working on research assignments, taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.  This class is not self-paced.  Specific assignments and discussions are meant to be completed for the whole class at the same time.
  • Special Requirements: Log into ETUDES by the first day of class (8/23) and begin working on the first week’s assignment and discussion.
  • Assignments & Tests: Students will complete research assignments and turn them in on or before due dates. Class discussions will be another primary component, and students will need to participate before discussions close.  Observing weather and reporting on your observations will be an ongoing task.  Quizzes will be every other week, and there will be a cumulative final exam.  See online syllabus within ETUDES for details of weekly chapters/topics as well as grading information.
  • New to Etudes: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use Etudes. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with Etudes. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through Etudes.
  • Etudes Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Login ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021945
Username = joga21945

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411

Etudes link