Oceanography A Course Resources

Physical Oceanography

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Instructor Information

Emily Kroutil

Email: Emily.Kroutil@gavirtualschool.org

Phone: 470-238-8663 (voicemail)

The resources in this newsletter are in addition to those found in MODULE 5: Physical Oceanography of your course content. You should first go through the content and complete the quizzes and activities. These resources are to supplement your understanding of the concepts. Please contact me if you have questions!

ASSIGNMENT RESOURCES AND TIPS

Assignment: Climate Activity

  • The instructions for this assignment are on page 6 of the module.
  • Your actual project (NOT A LINK!) MUST been uploaded to the dropbox folder.

    NOTE: if a link to an external website is provided in lieu of a submission to the dropbox folder, the grade on the ENTIRE assignment is ZERO.

Lab: Global Warming Experiment

  • The instructions for this assignment are on page 6 of the module.
  • You DO NOT need to do the ENRICHMENT section. You DO need to do the OBSERVATION, EVALUATE, EXTENSION, and PERSONAL EXPERIENCE sections. Please see the rubric for details.
  • If you complete the ENRICHMENT section, you may earn up to +10 points on your lab. For example, if you earn 100 on your lab, if you complete the ENRICHMENT section correctly, you can earn 110 on the lab.
  • This video gives you some tips on completing this lab: Global Warming Experiment Video
  • Here is the handout I edited in the lab walkthrough video: Global Warming Handout - EDITED



  • Q: The lab asks me to place my cups in the sun, but it has been raining all day. What do I do?
  • A: You can also put both cups under an incandescent light bulb (the kind that emits heat when it is on), but you will want to make sure that both cups are placed the same distance from the light bulb so if there is a change in temperature, you can know that it was not caused by proximity to the light bulb.
https://youtu.be/dVbU3ASqQ6M

Lab: Greenhouse - NOT GRADED

  • The instructions for this assignment are on page 6 of the module.

Assignment: Ocean Currents - NOT GRADED

  • The instructions for this assignment are on page 6 of the module.
  • While this worksheet is no longer required for a grade, it would be an excellent review for the module Test.

Discussion: Greenhouse Effect/Global Climate

  • Your studies of this unit have indicated that the greenhouse effect is essential to life on Earth. The gases present in the atmosphere help maintain a consistent global climate. However, there is often much discussion about how increase in greenhouse gases is causing excessive global warming. What is causing the increase in these greenhouse gases and what are some ways that we can prevent dangerous levels of global warming?


  • Use the RUBRIC to help you write a discussion posting that will earn full points.
  • You MUST respond to two classmates with responses that are AT LEAST 3 sentences in order to earn full credit. "I agree with..." or "I disagree with..." is not enough to earn full points for a response. You must say why you agree or disagree and back up your reasoning.

Lab: Ocean Currents and Temperature

  • The instructions for this assignment are on page 6 of the module.
  • This lab requires a LAB REPORT. Please review the How to Make a Lab Report video on page 4 of the Oceanography as Science module.
  • This video also helps describe how to make a lab report.
  • Do not forget to cite your sources. If the source comes from the internet, you must provide a link to the page where you found the information used in your project. For example "Google.com" is not an acceptable "link" to a source. "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean" is acceptable, as it takes you directly to a page.
  • This video gives you some tips on completing this lab: Ocean Currents and Temperature Video
  • This is the document I worked on in the video walkthrough: Ocean Currents and Temperature Lab



  • Q: I don't have any food coloring. Can I use something else?
  • A: You'll need something that allows you to see the difference between the hot and cold water. If you don't have food coloring, you'll need to use something else colored if you can't get some. If you have any M&Ms or Skittles left over from Halloween, you could soak a color (use the same color) of those in the water that needs to be colored. That should provide enough of a color difference. Or, if you have some markers lying around or watercolor paint, you can put soak the marker or put some paint in the water. It should have the same effect. Soaking a tea bag in the water could also work. You won't want to use anything like orange juice or other juices to change the color, because those have sugars and could affect the density of your water.
Ocean Currents and Temperature Lab

Assignment: World Climate Activity

  • The instructions for this assignment are on page 6 of the module.
  • When creating your graph for this activity, refer to this video for help in creating a graph: https://youtu.be/6B3z-e4h04Y
  • If you need help creating a best fit line, watch this video: https://youtu.be/oWiHNAfB5sQ
  • Labeling Axes: Remember, your x-axis is the independent variable and the y-axis is the dependent. This means that the quantity on the y-axis DEPENDS on the quantity on the x-axis. So, the number of trials or number of flips should be on the x-axis because they DETERMINE the number on the y-axis.
  • There is a video in the Oceanography as Science module that shows you how to create a graph using Excel.



  • Q: I searched for my town on the website and it shows me the rainfall but I do not see anything about the average temperatures. Also, are we supposed to make separate graphs for the rain and the temperatures or are we supposed to put them on one graph somehow? If so, how do you do that?
  • A: When you type in your city name, you will need to pick the town closest to yours that has max temp, min temp, rainfall data. When you click on the links, they will take you to a page that gives you the information for each month.


    Then, you will need to create 3 graphs. Temperature and rainfall cannot be on the same graph because temperature and rainfall are not measured in the same units. Therefore, they cannot use the same y-axis labels.

Test: Physical Oceanography

  • Please review your notes and complete the review resources on page 7 of the module before starting your test.
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Additional Resources

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUcF7VvbQCk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNsVv9lotLc
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Global Warming Experiment