Example Exam Questions


1) The pressure gradient force is

(a) parallel to isobars.
(b) directed from high to low pressure.
(c) directed from low to high pressure.
(d) always greater than friction.

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2) The geostrophic wind is a good approximation for

(a) horizontal wind flow in upper atmosphere.
(b) vertical wind flow in upper atmosphere.
(c) horizontal wind flow at the earth surface.
(d) vertical wind flow at the earth surface.

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3) The Coriolis effect is an "apparent" force caused by

(a) friction.
(b) rotation of the earth.
(c) pressure gradient force.
(d) gravity.

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4)You are standing in the Northern Hemisphere in a field, facing north, with the wind at your back. In which direction is the lowest pressure?

(a) North (straight ahead)
(b) South (behind you)
(c) East (to your right)
(d) West (to your left)

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5) Which of the following forces does not affect the horizontal wind?

(a) Pressure Gradient Force
(b) Coriolis force
(c) Friction
(d) gravity

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There will be 37 questions on the exam and they will be very much like these five. Good luck.