Lesson 1
Chapters 1 & 2
Lesson 2
Chapter 3 & Instrument Supplement
Lesson 3
Weather Maps
Lesson 4
Chapter 4
Lesson 5
Chapter 5
Lesson 6
Chapter 6
Lesson 7
Chapter 7
Lesson 8
Chapter 8
Lesson 9
Chapter 9
Lesson 10
Chapter 10
Lesson 11
Wind Shear and Turbulence
Lesson 12
Lesson 13
Lesson 14
Case Study/Self-Briefing
Lesson 15
Case Study/Self-Briefing
Lesson 16
Case Study/Self-Briefing



    Aviation uses the standard atmosphere as a reference. It is important to know what the standard atmosphere is and how it differs from the atmosphere you are flying. When flying, you will want to avoid turbulent regions of the atmosphere. Many times turbulent regions are areas where energy is being transferred, so it is important to know how energy is transferred. This first lesson introduces you to these concepts.

    The objective of this first exercise is to:

  1. Learn three fundamental variables used to describe the state of the atmosphere: pressure, temperature, and density.
  2. Learn why it is important to know the standard atmosphere.
  3. Learn methods of transferring energy in the atmosphere: radiation, conduction, convection, and advection. Later we will discuss latent heat transfer and turbulent eddies.
  4. Make sure everyone has access to the web.
  5. Make sure there are no problems with submitting material. 

Reading Assignment: Chapters 1 & 2




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