Introduction to Physical Geology
Summer 2013

GLY 1101. Introduction to Physical Geology (4).
GEN ED: Science Inquiry Perspective (Theme: “Restless Planet: Earth, Environment, and Evolution”)
Introduction to the composition, origin, and modification of Earth materials through the study of the Earth’s interacting dynamic systems; study and application of the scientific method with reference to the principles of geology as demonstrated through use of case histories and laboratory material. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. (NUMERICAL DATA) (CORE: NATURAL SCIENCES) (ND prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.)

INSTRUCTOR

Prof. R. N. Abbott 
Room 121, Rankin, Phone: 262-3055 
e-mail: abbottrn@appstate.edu
Web-site homepage: http://www.appstate.edu/~abbottrn

OFFICE HOURS

Monday, 3:00-4:00 pm 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4:00-5:00 pm   


Calendar of Topics, Labs, Tests and Exams
  TOPICS, READING, TESTS LABS
July   1, M Introducing Geology, the essentials of plate tectonics (Ch. 1) 
  2, T Introducing Geology, the essentials of plate tectonics (Ch. 1) Topographic Maps (1)
  3, W Atoms, elements, and minerals (Ch. 2)
                            ***Mineral Structures***
Minerals & Properties (3)
  4, R ***HOLIDAY***
 
  8, M Review, Discussion, LECTURE TEST 1 (Chs. 1, 2)  
  9, T Igneous Rocks (Ch. 3) Seafloor Topography & Plate Tectonics (2)
10, W Volcanism (Ch. 4) LAB TEST #1 (on 1, 2, 3)
11, R Sediment and sedimentary rocks (Ch. 6) Igneous Rocks (4)
15, M Metamorphic rocks (Ch. 7)  
16, T Review, Discussion, LECTURE TEST 2 (Chs. 3, 4, 6, 7) Sedimentary Rocks (5)
17, W Time and geology (Ch. 8) Metamorphic Rocks (6)
18, R Mass wasting (Ch. 9) LAB TEST #2 (on 4, 5, 6 )
22, M Geologic structures (Ch. 15)
23, T Streams and flooding (Ch. 10) Structural Geology & Tectonics (9)
24, W Review, Discussion, LECTURE TEST 3 (Chs. 8, 9, 10, 15) Walking Field Trip (8)
25, R Glaciers (Ch. 12) LAB TEST #3 (on 8, 9)
29, M Deserts and wind (Ch. 13)
30, T Waves, beaches, coasts (Ch. 14) Historical Geology (10)
31, W Earth's companions (Ch. 22)
F.J. Webb Outdoor Geology laboratory (12)
Aug   1, R FINAL LECTURE EXAM (comprehensive) FINAL LAB EXAM
 

READING: Plummer, Carlson, Hammersley - Physical Geology, 13th Edition

GRADING:
***GRADING***
4 Tests (3 x 8%) =  24%
  Final Lecture Exam  =  51%
3 Lab Tests =  10%
  Final Lab Exam =  15%
  =100%

LECTURE TESTS: Each test accounts for 8% of your grade, and will consist of 50 to 60 multiple choice and true/false items covering the reading and lecture material, as described above.

Your grade on each test will be formulated as the percent correct responses, scaled in such a way that the class average is 75%. This is how it works. Suppose the class average is 67% correct responses on a test. I will add 8% to your score, so the class average is 75%. In fact, all components of your grade will be treated in this way. Letter grades are assigned accordingly: 93+ A, 90-92 A-, 87-89 B+, 83-86 B, 80-82 B-, 77-79 C+, 73-76 C, 70-72 C-, 67-69 D+, 63-66 D, 50-62 D-, 0-49 F.

***TEST KEYS***

FINAL LECTURE EXAM: The final exam (~125 items) will be comprehensive and counts for 51% of your final grade for the course. The final exam will consist entirely of multiple choice and true/false items.  Approximately 60% of the test items will come from the TESTS (see above), and approximately 40% will come from material covered after TEST 3, as follows:

    ~25 items from TEST 1 (Chs. 1, 2)
    ~25 items from TEST 2 (Chs. 3, 4, 6, 7)
    ~25 items from TEST 3 (Chs. 8, 9, 10, 15)
    ~50 new items from Chs. 12, 13, 14, 22.


LABS:
Performance in lab accounts for 25% of your grade for the course.  Your performance will be based on three Lab Tests (indicated above, 10%) and a Final Lab Exam (15%)


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