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 Discover! Weather Volume 1: Weather Fundamentals

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Discover! Weather Volume 1: Weather Fundamentals

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Discover! Science Library

ScienceSchoolHouse’s new Discover! Science Library for grades 6-8 and 9-12, has the following features and components:

  1. Interactive multimedia tutorials: Each unit includes up to 200 screens with text and pictures/illustrations plus interactive exercises and lots of video clips. All core text is fully narrated (with an on/off option). Built to pedagogically correct standards with appendices for advanced research.
  2. Two text levels: Students can toggle between grades 9-12 and grades 6-8 text levels or stay at one of the two text levels throughout. All vocabulary checked for age appropriateness.
  3. One 30-minute, high-resolution, digital video associated with each unit, with content indexing and one-click navigation.
  4. Quizzes for the students and Test Banks for teachers.
  5. Teacher’s Guides and state and national curriculum correlations on our website.

System Requirements

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 10+, Safari 4+, Opera 9+

In this unit:

Quizzes and Test Banks

Manual

Interactive Exercises

  • 3_1 Hydrologic Cycle
  • 3_4 Troposphere Thickness
  • 4_8 Global Atmospheric Circulation
  • 4_12 Coriolis Effect
  • 4_16 Air Trivia Questions
  • 5_5 Atmospheric Levels
  • 5_15 Objects in the Sky
  • 5_19 USA Weather

Movies and Animations

  • 1_3 STS Launch
  • 1_4 Satellite Launch
  • 1_5 Our Earth
  • 2_1 Amazon Flyover
  • 2_2 Visualizing El Nino
  • 2_8 Hurricane Mitch
  • 2_9 Storm of the Century?
  • 2_10 Hurricanes from Space
  • 2_12 Hurricane Ivan 2004
  • 2_13 Hurricane Isabel
  • 3_1 The Water Cycle
  • 3_4 Atmospheric Layers
  • 3_9 Cloud Data Set
  • 3_13 Warm Front
  • 3_18 Cold Front
  • 3_20 World Cloud Cover
  • 4_1 Wind Sensors
  • 4_2 GMS Satellite
  • 4_3 The Sun
  • 4_5 Solar Radiation
  • 4_6 Earth
  • 4_13 Earth’s Tilt
  • 4_15 Cloud Heights
  • 5_8 Sea Surface Temperatures
  • 5_13 Clouds and Cities
  • 5_18 California Coast
  • 5_19 Southwestern Drought
  • 5_21 The Great Lakes
  • 5_22 East and South Coast
  • 5_23 Alaskan Flyover
  • 6_1 Clouds
  • 6_2 Cirrus Clouds
  • 6_6 North Pole Vortex
  • 7_1 Earth’s Magnetic Field
  • 8_6 Shuttle Discovery Lands

Interactive Multimedia Tutorial Tables of Contents

Chapter 1: Weather Launch

  • 1.1 Welcome
  • 1.2 Keep Your Senses
  • 1.3 Shuttle Launch
  • 1.4 Satellite Launch
  • 1.5 Our Planet

Chapter 2: Introduction to the Weather

  • 2.1 Introducing the Weather
  • 2.2 Rain
  • 2.3 The Weather and World History
  • 2.4 The Storm of March 1993
  • 2.5 In Like a Lion…
  • 2.6 Killer Storm
  • 2.7 New Brunswick
  • 2.8 Space Age Information Collectors
  • 2.9 "Storm of the Century”?
  • 2.10 Hurricanes
  • 2.11 Hurricane Ivan
  • 2.12 Ivan’s Track
  • 2.13 Follow-up

Chapter 3: The Hydrologic Cycle and Cloud Formation

  • 3.1 What Goes Up …
  • 3.2 … Must Come Down
  • 3.3 An Endless Cycle
  • 3.4 Where It All Happens: The Troposphere
  • 3.5 Profile
  • 3.6 Humidity and the Dew Point
  • 3.7 The Miserability Index
  • 3.8 When the Dew Is on the Grass
  • 3.9 A Cloud is Born
  • 3.10 Thermals
  • 3.11 Over the Mountain
  • 3.12 At the Leading Edge
  • 3.13 Warm Fronts
  • 3.14 Cirrocumulus
  • 3.15 Cirrus
  • 3.16 Altostratus
  • 3.17 Nimbostratus
  • 3.18 Cold Fronts
  • 3.19 Towering Cumulus
  • 3.20 Cumulonimbus From a Distance
  • 3.21 Cumulonimbus From Below
  • 3.22 From Up and Down
  • 3.23 Follow-up

Chapter 4: Global Weather Patterns

  • 4.1 Whither the Wind?
  • 4.2 Say Hello to the Earth
  • 4.3 The Source
  • 4.4 Solar Powerhouse
  • 4.5 Saying No to the Heat
  • 4.6 Hurtling Through Space
  • 4.7 Hot Spot
  • 4.8 The Flow of Air
  • 4.9 Global Patterns
  • 4.10 Curve Ball
  • 4.11 The Coriolis Effect
  • 4.12 How About the Kitchen Sink?
  • 4.13 Spinning at Full Tilt
  • 4.14 Delayed Reaction
  • 4.15 Are You Under Pressure?
  • 4.16 Why the Wind Blows
  • 4.17 Pressure and Temperature

Chapter 5: Local Climates and Regional Patterns

  • 5.2 Weather Glasses
  • 5.3 An Aura of Red
  • 5.4 Floating on Air
  • 5.5 The Vertical Temperature Gradient
  • 5.6 Looking Down
  • 5.7 Over Fields and Lakes
  • 5.8 Water, the Moderator
  • 5.9 Coastal Breezes
  • 5.10 Sea Breeze by Day
  • 5.11 Land Breeze by Night
  • 5.12 Cells
  • 5.13 Surfaces, Elevation
  • 5.14 Clouds
  • 5.15 The Real Picture
  • 5.16 Always in Motion
  • 5.17 The North American Troposphere
  • 5.18 The West Coast
  • 5.19 Dry Valleys
  • 5.20 The Prairies
  • 5.21 Midwest and Southern States
  • 5.22 Maritime and continental Climates
  • 5.23 Hot and Cold

Chapter 6: Cloud Types

  • 6.1 Naming What You See
  • 6.2 Cirrus
  • 6.3 Cirrocumulus
  • 6.4 Cirrostratus
  • 6.5 Cirrus at Sunset
  • 6.6 Altostratus
  • 6.7 Altocumulus 1
  • 6.8 Altocumulus 2
  • 6.9 Stratocumulus
  • 6.10 Fog and Stratus
  • 6.11 Fair Weather Cumulus
  • 6.12 Towering Cumulus
  • 6.13 Cumulonimbus
  • 6.14 A Satellite’s View

Chapter 7: Unusual Atmospheric Phenomena

  • 7.1 Northern Lights
  • 7.2 Interplanetary Weather
  • 7.3 Rainbows
  • 7.4 Secondary Rainbows
  • 7.5 Halos, Sundogs and Sun Pillars

Chapter 8: What You Can Do - Careers and Awareness

  • 8.1 Risk and Responsibility
  • 8.2 A Place to Start
  • 8.3 Careers in Meteorology
  • 8.4 Big Thinking
  • 8.5 The Little Things
  • 8.6 Shuttle Landing
  • 8.7 Follow-up

Note: Appendices A, B and C are common to all Discover! titles.

Appendix A: Scientific Method

  • A.1 The Need to Know
  • A.2 What Makes Science Different?
  • A.3 Induction
  • A.4 The Scientific Method
  • A.5 Hypothesis and Deduction
  • A.6 Experiments and Observation
  • A.7 Acceptance of Hypotheses
  • A.8 Theories and Laws
  • A.9 The Cycle of Scientific Inquiry
  • A.10 Scientists Build Models
  • A.11 Scientific Theories and Revolutions
  • A.12 Scientists Doing Science
  • A.13 Open Communication
  • A.14 Ethical Responsibilities
  • A.15 Role of Technology
  • A.16 Science and Society

Appendix B: Measurement Systems and SI Units

  • B.1 The Need for Common Units
  • B.2 Some Old Units of Measurement
  • B.3 Problems with Different Measurement Systems
  • B.4 The SI (Metric) System
  • B.5 Basic Units of SI
  • B.6 Derived Units
  • B.7 More Derived Units
  • B.8 Decimal Multipliers
  • B.9 SI Prefixes
  • B.10 Scientific Notation
  • B.11 Large and Small Numbers
  • B.12 Exact and Approximate Numbers
  • B.13 Precision Measurements
  • B.14 Significant Figures
  • B.15 Scientific Notation and Precision
  • B.16 Accuracy and Precision
  • B.17 Dangers of Many Digits
  • B.18 Working with Scientific Notation

Appendix C: Careers in Science

  • C.1 Careers in Science
  • C.2 Careers in Geology
  • C.3 Careers in Oceanography
  • C.4 Careers in Atmospheric Science
  • C.5 Careers in Astronomy
  • C.6 Geological Field Safety

xMedia Movie

Hurricane Force (28 min.)

A detailed look at the nature of hurricanes and their impact on coastal habitats. Contains background information on the formation, structure and classification of hurricanes and how hurricanes can devastate fragile coastal habitats.

  • Introduction
  • Hurricane Prone Coasts and Damages
  • Storm Surge
  • USGS Scientists Study Hurricane Effects
  • Coastal Geology and Hurricanes
  • How Hurricanes Form - Tropical Cyclones
  • Coriolis Effect
  • Hurricane Intensity Categories and Speeds
  • The Eye of the Hurricane
  • Tremendous Heat and Rain Produced
  • Hurricanes at Sea and Storm Surge
  • Geologists Explain Louisiana Studies
  • Single Costliest Disaster in U.S.A. History - Hurricane Andrew 1992
  • Barrier Islands Protect Wetlands
  • Sea Floor Elevations Before / After Andrew
  • Wetlands Long Term Biological Survey
  • Subsidence - Sinking Wetlands
  • Wetland Disruptions
  • Impacts on Coral Reefs
  • Hurricane Hugo 1989 - Colebra
  • Hurricane Iniki 1992 - in Hawaiian Islands
  • Overwash
  • Depth of Offshore Controls Overwash
  • Side Scan Sonar Images
  • Sub Bottom Profiles
  • Importance of Coastal Hurricane Regions and Impacts on Human Development
  • Hurricane Gilbert 1988
  • Summary of Hurricane Impacts - Research and Modern Instrumentation

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