Physical Geography 101
Air Temperature Study Guide


After the "Air Temperature" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

What is temperature?

What is heat?

What is kinetic energy?

How does kinetic energy relate to temperature?

How does energy flow?

How is temperature measured?

Compare and constrast the three main types of thermometers and the thermister.

On what two temperatures is the Fahrenheit temperature based?

In the Fahrenheit temperature scale, at what temperature does water freeze? water boil?

On what two temperatures is the Celsius temperature based?

In the Celsius temperature scale, at what temperature does water freeze? water boil?

What is absolute temperature?

What is absolute zero?

What is the Metric System's absolute temperature scale?

Describe and explain the relationship between daily insolation, net radiation and daily temperature.

What factors control temperature variations over different surfaces? Expalin why these factors control the temperature.

What is an Urban Heat Island?

Explain why urban areas are generally warmer than rural areas?