Geology (Gly 1101-205/209), Spring 2014
LAB for Introduction to Physical Geology

GLY 1101. Introduction to Physical Geology (4).F;S.
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.)   


Prof. R. N. Abbott
Room 121, Rankin, Phone: 262-3055
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Tuesday, 9:00-10:00 am, 2:00-4:00 pm  
Thursday, 9:00-10:00 am, 2:00-4:00 pm

Jan 14/15 (NO LAB)   
21/22 ***M.L. KING week*** (NO LAB) 
28/29 0 (handout).  Planetary Geology and Meteor Impacts Attendance
Feb   4/5 2 (p. 19).  Seafloor Topography and Plate Tectonics Lab 0  
11/12 1 (p. 1).  Introduction to Topographic Maps
Wednesday lab (12 Feb.), cancelled due to snow.
Lab 2 (Tues.)
No Quiz (Wedn.)
18/19 3 (p. 33).  Minerals: Properties and Identification Lab 1 (Tues.)
Lab 2 (Wedn.)
25/26 4 (p. 44).  Igneous Rocks Lab 3
Mar   4/5 5 (p. 56).  Sedimentary Rocks and Structures Lab 4  
11/12 ***SPRING BREAK*** (NO LAB) 
18/19 6 (p. 68).  Metamorphic Rocks Lab 5
25/26 7 (p.78). Exploring the FK and MJ McKinney Teaching Museum Lab 6
Apr   1/2 10 (p. 114). Historical Geology Lab 7
  8/9 11 (p. 131). Bus Field Trip Lab 11   
15/16 9 (p. 93). Structural Geology and Tectonics Lab 10
22/23  ***EASTER WEEK*** (NO LAB)  
29 ***LAB FINAL EXAM (sect. 205)*** Comprehensive
30 ***LAB FINAL EXAM (sect. 209)*** Comprehensive

LAB MANUAL: Physical Geology Laboratory Manual, GEOLOGY 1101, 20th Edition, Spring 2013.  You are expected to bring your lab manual with you to class each week.

GRADING: In lab you will be evaluated on weekly quizzes and a final exam.  If you are absent for more than three labs, you automatically FAIL the whole course (lecture+lab).  Upon completion of the labs, your final numerical grade will be submitted to your lecture professor.  Performance in lab accounts for 25% of your grade for the course.  
Tuesday (Section 205)
  Quizzes 6.6% x 10   66%  
Final Exam 34%   34%
Wednesday (Section 209)
  Quizzes 7.333% x 9 66%  
Final Exam 34% 34%

At the first meeting, attendance will count as one quiz.  Each week after the first meeting, there will be a quiz as noted above, except for 26/27 March, when there will be two quizzes.  The quiz for the field trip (lab 11) will be a worksheet that you will submit at the end of the field trip.  The quizzes will be graded and also count for attendance.  The value of each quiz toward your final grade is given in the table above.
  NOTE: your lowest quiz grade will be dropped.      

FINAL EXAM:  The final exam will consist of questions regarding the lab exercises and selected lab tasks. The final exam makes up 34% of your lab grade.

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