An Assessment of the Level of Mathematics in Introductory Meteorology Textbooks

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  • 1 Department of Geology and Geography, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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A review of introductory meteorology textbooks shows a wide difference in the level of mathematical treatment of atmospheric principles—from virtually none to fairly high. Particular deficiencies include lack of equations integrated into the text, problem-solving examples, and paucity of end-of-chapter questions requiring mathematical reasoning. These issues are raised in order to generate discussion among the meteorological community with regard to the degree of interaction between mathematics and meteorology in introductory courses.

A review of introductory meteorology textbooks shows a wide difference in the level of mathematical treatment of atmospheric principles—from virtually none to fairly high. Particular deficiencies include lack of equations integrated into the text, problem-solving examples, and paucity of end-of-chapter questions requiring mathematical reasoning. These issues are raised in order to generate discussion among the meteorological community with regard to the degree of interaction between mathematics and meteorology in introductory courses.

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