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Preparing Students for the Sciences in College . Dr. Paul J. Croft Kean University Jeffrey Tongue Suffolk County Community College. Skills Lacking for an Introductory Natural Sciences Course. No (limited) working knowledge of the Metric System Mathematically Challenged

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### Preparing Students for the Sciences in College

Dr. Paul J. Croft

Kean University

Jeffrey Tongue

Suffolk County Community College

• No (limited) working knowledge of the Metric System

• Mathematically Challenged

• Current Events – Limited Interest

• Student “Quality” has decreased in the last 5 years.

• Computer Skills Have Improved.

• What is the approximate temperature outside in Celsius? (currently) ?

A. 72

B. 20

C. 123

D. -21

• How high is your desk?

A. 1 m

B. 1 km

C. 10 ft

D. 10 cm

Relative Humidity = _(actual) mixing ratio_____

Saturation mixing ratio

Compute the relative humidity using the table.

The air (ambient) temperature = 14oC.

The dew point temperature = 4oC

a. 19.8% c. 25%

b. 29% d. 50%

1st Class – We’ll End By View a Passage of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station !

• What Percentage of Students Followed Me Outside??

• 10

• 25

• 50

• 75

• 100

### A View from the “Far Side”

Dr. Paul J. Croft, Meteorologist

What’s at the next level?

Majoring in a four-year physical/other science program

• Earth Systems Science (e.g., NASA; Sustainability)

• Everything is connected (trans-disciplinary)

• Techno-driven; software/hardware (awareness)

• Technical skills/abilities (instrumentation)

• Analytic/Interpretation (experiences)

No “Black Boxes”

Dr. Paul J. Croft, Meteorologist

• Summer Programs (science/other)

• Intern Programs (exploratory)

• Science Fairs (inquiry-based)

• Competitions (end-goals)

• Clubs (scientific community)

• Organizations (connections)

• Outreach (outside influences)

Involvement & networking

Dr. Paul J. Croft, Meteorologist

• Math, math, and more math coursework

• Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Biology

• Computer Science (programming), Statistics

• Writing, Communications, Speaking

• Tech-Writing, Political Science, Business, Law

• Design, Marketing, Policy, History, Public-Admin, Social Work, similar

Often-Reinforcing-Expansive-Options for Success in Science!

Dr. Paul J. Croft, Meteorologist

• 24 Credits of meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:

• 6 Credits - atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics

• 6 Credits - weather analysis and prediction (synoptic/mesoscale)

• 3 Credits - physical meteorology

• 2+ Credits - remote sensing / instrumentation.

• 6 Credits – physics (calculus based)

• 3 Credits - ordinary differential equations

• 9+ Credits - appropriate physical sciences