Farmingdale State College
Professor Richard Hoffman
News12 Meteorologist

Phone: 516-393-1774 Work Number
Web Site:

Course: PHY 116 Physical Science - Intro to Meteorology
Monday and Wednesday 1:40 to 2:55pm (CRN 90832) and 3:05pm to 4:20pm (CRN 91748)

Fall calendar—

August 28 (Monday)

Classes begin

September 4(Monday)

No Classes (Labor Day)

October 12 (Thursday)

Last day to withdrawal

November 22 – 25

No Classes (Thanksgiving holiday)

December 8 (Friday)

Last Day of Classes

December 11 – 12 (Monday – Tuesday)

** Study Days/Make-up Days

December 13 – 19 (Wednesday – Tuesday)

Final Exam / Evaluation Period

Finals schedule -




December 18th





December 13th


Grades: Your grade in the course will be determined by your test scores, homework, attendence and classroom participation.
There will be 4 exams during the semester, plus a final exam. 5 tests total. I do not drop the lowest grade...
4 test scores 60% of your grade, Final 30% Homework, Class Participation and Attendence 10%

No Class: September 4th, November 22rd
Last day to Withdraw: October 12 (Thursday)
Last day of Class: December 8th
GRADES DUE: December 21st

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IF class will be cancelled I will try and email the class or a note will be posted on the door.
15 minute rule - Please Wait 15 minutes at the start of the Class for the Professor


August 28- Day 1 Chapter 1 9-13 -Chapter 1 / Chapter 2 & Review 10-2 - Chapter 4 10-18-Chapter 6 11-6-Test 3
(Chapters 6-7-8)
11-22 - NO CLASS 12-11- Study Day
August 30-Chapter 1 9-18 -Test 1
(Chapters 1-2)
10-4 -Chapter 5/ Chapter 4 10-23 Chapter 7
Chapter 6
11-8 -Chapter 9 11-27- Chapter 11

12-13 - 3:05pm Class

Final Test Chapters 1-11
Final Time 1:40pm-4:20pm

9-4 NO CLASS 9-20 - Chapter 3 10-9 -Chapter 5 10-25Chapter 7 11-13 - Chapter 9 11-29 - Chapter 11 /Review (9,10,11)

12-18 1:40pm Class
Final Test Chapters 1-11
Final Time 1:40pm-4:20pm

9-6 -Chapter 1 / Chapter 2 9-25 - Chapter 3 -Chapter 4 10-11 -Review (3,4,5)
10-30 - Chapter 7/Chapter 8 11-15 -Chapter 9 Chapter 10 12-4 - TEST 4
(Chapters 9-10-11)
Exam Schedule
9-11 Chapter 2 9-27 - Chapter 4 10-16 -Test 2 (Chapters 3-4-5) 11-1 - Chapter 8 /Review (6,7,8) 11-20 -Chapter 10 Chapter 11 12-6 - Final Review Chapters 1-11 Last day of class Grades Due December 22nd



: "The Atmosphere" 13th edition by F. Lutgens and E. Tarbuck,
ISBN-10 0134016017, ISBN-13 9780134016016
Print Book:
ISBN-10 0321984625, ISBN-13 9780321984623 - ( book)
Author(s): Frederick K. Lutgens; Edward J. Tarbuck; Dennis G. Tasa
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright year: © 2016 Pages: 528

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the Atmosphere

2 Heating Earth’s Surface and Atmosphere

3 Temperature

4 Moisture and Atmospheric Stability

5 Forms of Condensation and Precipitation

6 Air Pressure and Winds

7 Circulation of the Atmosphere

8 Air Masses

9 Weather Patterns

10 Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

11 Hurricanes

You must have a farmingdale email and You must check it often.
If you don't know how to check it or use it please let me know.

Course outline: A descriptive course in elementary meteorology that will introduce students to weather analysis and forecasting.
Topics covered will be Temperature, Pressure, Wind, Radiation, Clouds, Precipitation, Synoptic Weather Charts, Air Masses, Low and High Pressure Areas, Frontal Systems, Thunderstorms, Weather Forecasting and Local weather.
By the end of the semester students will be able to understand weather patterns and make their own weather forecasts. Website:

Homework: Homework questions will be assigned from each chapter. They will not always be collected. The student, who does homework ( read text book ) on a regular basis, usually does well in the course.

Grades: Your grade in the course will be determined by your test scores, homework, attendence and classroom participation.
There will be 4 exams during the semester, plus a final exam. 5 tests total. I do not drop the lowest grade...
4 test scores 60% of your grade, Final 30% Homework, Class Participation and Attendence 10%

How to get an A
1. Show up to class - Good Attendence equals good grades
2. Read the chapter - before class if possible - We will cover pages 3 to 324 in book ( chapter 1 - 11) - Yes - you need to read the chapters
3. Take good notes in class
4. If you have any issues or questions Email Professor ASAP
5. Before tests or during class if you have any questions ask or email professor

New Grading System Per Farmingdale State

93-100 A (4.0) Excellent
90-92 A- (3.67)  
87-89 B+ (3.33)  
83-86 B (3.00) Good
80-82 B- (2.67)  
77-79 C+ (2.33)  
73-76 C (2.00) Satisfactory
70-72 C- (1.67)  
67-69 D+ (1.33)  
60-66 D (1.00) Minimum Passing
0-59 F (0.00) Failure

New Grading System Per Farmingdale State

93-100  A (4.0)  Excellent

90-92  A- (3.67)  

87-89  B+ (3.33)  

83-86  B (3.00)  Good

80-82  B- (2.67)  

77-79  C+ (2.33)  

73-76  C (2.00)  Satisfactory

70-72  C- (1.67)  

67-69  D+ (1.33)  

60-66  D (1.00)  Minimum Passing

0-59  F (0.00)  Failure

Curved Grades EXAMPLE

89-100  A (4.0)  Excellent

86-88  A- (3.67)  

83-85  B+ (3.33)  

78-82  B (3.00)  Good

75-77  B- (2.67)  

72-74  C+ (2.33)  

68-71  C (2.00)  Satisfactory

64-67  C- (1.67)  

59-63  D+ (1.33)  

55-58  D (1.00)  Minimum Passing

0-54  F (0.00)  Failure












Attendance: Attendance for classes is mandatory. Everything that will be on the exam will be covered in class. If you miss a lot of classes you will not do well in this class. If you are going to miss class or any questions please Email me.
Email: Office Hours: I don't have any set office hours. I am just a phone call or email away.

Withdrawal from Course: I do not recommend that any student withdraw from the course. Discuss with me your reasons, let's see if we can work something out. Last day to Withdraw: October 27th 2016

General Thoughts: Meteorology can be fun and exciting. It is what you want to make of it. I have made a career out of it and I am looking to pass some of my knowledge onto you.
Weather affects everyone whether it's a snowstorm in the winter or a thunderstorm in the summer. Trying to figure out Mother Nature is a daunting task and this class is just the beginning in understanding the atmosphere in which we live.
I am here for students if they have any questions. If you don't understand a subject please ask. If you don't understand, the odds are there is someone else who is confused as well.

With my experience in Meteorology, I am able to put a twist on the subject matter. I will also be able to give you some insight about television meteorology.
I have been working in Meteorology for more than 20 years, including several television stations in the Northeast.
I have been at News12 Long Island since September 2002. You can check out my website;
I am also open to suggestions, if there is certain topic you would like me to cover please ask.

Course Outline: Topics

A. Nature of the Atmosphere
B. Origin of the Atmosphere
C. Composition and levels of the Atmosphere

A. The Radiation Budget
B. Variability of Insolation
C. Air Temperature and its Measurements
D. Horizontal and Vertical Temperature Distribution

A. Water Vapor & Humidity Measurements
C. Physical Changes of State of Water
D. Clouds: Their Formation and Classification
E. Precipitation: Forms, Processes & Types
F.Observations of Precipitation and Distribution of Precipitation

A. Atmospheric Pressure
B. Pressure - Vertical and Horizontal Relationships
C. Pressure and Wind
D. General Atmospheric Circulation plus Upper-Level Waves and Jet Streams
E. Seasonal Changes - Monsoons - Oceanic Circulation

A. Properties of Air Masses
B. Air Mass Identification and Analysis
C. Stability and Instability
D. Air Mass Source Regions and Classification
E. Weather fronts
F. Anticyclone and Cyclones
G. Tropical Storms
H. Thunderstorms
I. Tornadoes and Waterspouts
J. The Weather Map and Regional Weather Patterns