Intro to Meteorology I (Honors) Lab

August 21, 2017
TR 11:30-1:20
METR 2011.004



National Weather Center, 120 David L Boren Blvd., Room 5720, Norman, OK   View map


Fall 2017


METR 2011-004: Intro to Meteorology I Lab (Honors)

Fall 2017

Thursdays 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM NWC 5720


Instructor: Ryann Ashley Wakefield


Office: NWC 5234

Office Hours: TBA (We can vote in class)


Required Materials:

Textbooks (from METR 2013):


A First Course in Atmospheric Thermodynamics (1st Edition), Grant W. Petty


Practical Meteorology: An Algebra-based Survey of Atmopsheric Science (2nd Edition), Roland Stull (Available for free at



A First Course in Atmospheric Radiation (2nd Edition), Grant W. Petty


Course Website:

All grades and announcements will be posted through Canvas so be sure that you are able to get notifications regarding announcements in a timely fashion. I highly recommend checking the site a couple of times per week to make sure you don’t miss important information.


Course Goals:

This course is the counterpart to METR 2013 and is designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply basic concepts you have learned in METR 2013. You will also develop new tools and techniques that will prepare you for more advanced study in Meteorology.


Lab Assignments and Quizzes:

Each week is worth 100 points, with the lab assignment being worth 65 points and the weekly quiz being worth 35 points.


Lab assignments will typically include the use of Algebra and Calculus for derivations and calculations, as mathematics are a fundamental component of Meteorology. There will also be more practical components to the labs, such as gaining experience in the computational realm of Meteorology.


You are allowed to work with other students in the section on the lab assignment, but you must do independent work! It is for your own personal benefit that you understand how to do all problems in the lab assignments as their will be quizzes and these will be taken individually!


You are allowed one dropped lab for the semester.


We will try to work on lab assignments as much as possible in class, but if the assignment is not completed in the time allotted, you must complete it outside of class, and submit it by the BEGINNING of class the following week (Thursday at 11:30 AM Central Time). There will be no excuses for late work.


There will be 10 quizzes overall in the course. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class and material will be based on the previous week’s lab. There will not be a quiz for every lab, but there will be one for most. If you are late to class you will not be given extra time to complete the quiz so please be on time. A few quizzes may also be given online and this will be announced the week before so that you can plan accordingly.


There will be no dropped quizzes for the semester.


Late Work/Missed Class

It is your job to be aware of deadlines and submit all assignments in a timely fashion. Because we will be taking a quiz on the previous week’s lab in class, it is in your best interest to complete the labs on time.


Late work/absences will not be accepted unless you have a University-approved excused that you have notified me of before the lab is due, or within 8 hours after the lab was due. Once you have submitted an approved excuse, you must submit your assignment within 36 hours of the passing of the due date via email. After this the assignment will not be accepted.


Statement on absences due to religious holidays: It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the resecheduling of exams that may fall on religious holidays. Any student who has a religious holiday fall on one of the exam/quiz days, please see me no later than one week prior to the exam/quiz so that we can make arrangements.




Each lab is worth 65 points, and there will be a total of 12 labs counted toward your final grade (one of the 13 completed will be dropped). Each quiz is worth 35 points and there will be a total of 10 quizzes counted toward your final grade. A point scale will be used for determining your grade in the course:

A: 1017-1130 points

B: 904-1016 points

C: 791-903 points

D: 678-790 points

F: 677 points or below


Contacting me:

If you need to get in touch with me, or have any questions, you can contact me either through Canvas direct messaging or via email at I am generally quick to respond, but if you email me on a Saturday evening or in the middle of the night, you probably won’t get as quick of a response, though I will try my best. Please exercise good time management when completing your assignments. If you email me with multiple questions at 10 PM the night before an assignment is due, the likelihood of me responding in time for you to complete the lab is slim (sometimes grad students need to sleep too!).


I will also hold office hours at a time which we will vote on during the first day of class. If you are unable to attend these office hours, please do not hesitate to email me so that we can arrange another meeting.


Other Resources:

The Student Affairs Committee runs a Help Desk in the OWL facilities on the first floor Monday-Thursday from 5 to 7 PM and Sunday from 7 PM to 9 PM. This is in the leadership room behind the main OWL office. The help desk is designed to provide homework assistance and tutoring for any student enrolled in Meteorology, and is specifically targeted at assisting with METR courses.



Accommodation of students with disabilities:

The University of Oklahoma is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities.  Students with disabilities who require accommodations in this course are requested to speak with the instructor as early in the semester as possible.  Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations in this course.  The Office of Disability Services is located in Goddard Health Center, Suite 166.  You may contact the office at 405-325-3852 (voice) or 405-325-4173 (TDD).


Adjustments for pregnancy/childbirth related issues:

Should you need modifications or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact me as soon as possible to discuss. Generally, modifications will be made where medically necessary and similar in scope to accommodations based on temporary disability. Please see for commonly asked questions.


Title IX resources:

For any concerns regarding gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, or intimate partner violence, the University offers a variety of resources, including advocates on-call 24/7, counseling services, mutual no contact orders, scheduling adjustments and disciplinary sanctions against the perpetrator. Please contact the Sexual Misconduct Office 405-325-2215 (8-5 M-F) or OU Advocates 405-615-0013 (24/7) to learn more or to report an incident.


Academic misconduct:

Cheating and other academic misconduct will not be tolerated and will be reported: No exceptions, no excuses.  Those found cheating will be penalized under the OU Academic Misconduct Code, which can be found at  In short, if you cheat, expect to be removed from the course and to receive an F for the course.  All alleged instances of academic misconduct will be investigated and, if substantiated, appropriate admonitions will be imposed.  Please read for further information.


Working together on lab assignments (not quizzes!) is encouraged in this class (as stated above, you must list the classmate you collaborated with on lab assignments), and using other students as a resource is a great way to learn.  However, the work you submit MUST be your own work.  Any student caught copying off another student will be penalized.