Weekly Lessons

Each of the documents below includes learning objectives and study questions for that week's lesson. If you understand the facts and ideas that underlie the questions you will be well prepared for our in-class activities and exams. Because these documents are PDF files you will need to install a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view them.

Weekly lesson

Etudes Qsns

Supporting Documents

Chapter 1: Earth's origin, structure and the rock cycle 24-Aug ---
Chapter 2: Plate tectonics 31-Aug ---
Chapter 3: Minerals: compositions, properties, and resources 18-Sep ---
Chapter 4: Igneous rocks and intrusive processes 28-Sep ---
Chapter 5: Volcanoes and volcanic hazards 30-Sep ---
Chapter 6: Weathering and soils 7-Oct ---
Chapter 7: Sedimentary rocks and environments 14-Oct ---
Chapter 8: Metamorphism and metamorphic rocks 23-Oct ---
Chapter 9: Earthquakes and Earth's interior 4-Nov ---
Chapter 10: Origin and evolution of the ocean floor 18-Nov ---
Chapter 11: Crustal deformation and mountain building 23-Nov ---
Chapter 12: Mass wasting and the work of gravity 27-Nov ---
Chapters 13 and 14: Running water and Groundwater 4-Dec ---
Chapter 15: Glaciers and glaciation tba ---
Chapter 16: Deserts and the geologic work of the wind tba ---
Chapter 17: Shorelines and coastal processes tba ---
Chapters 18 and 19: Geologic time and Earth's history tba ---

Online Assignments

Each assignment below is an online exercise from the Virtual Courseware project.

Online assignments

Date assigned

Date due

Assignment 1: Virtual River—Discharge 13-Nov-2015 25-Nov-2015
Assignment 2: Rb-Sr isochron --- ---

Writing Assignments

Each assignment below is linked to instructions for a part of the larger writing assignment. The instruction page includes examples, grading rubrics, and links to the articles themselves.

Writing assignments

Date assigned

Date due

Assignment 1: Outline of article 6-Nov-2015 6-Nov-2015
Assignment 2: Abstract of article 23-Nov-2015 3-Dec-2015
Assignment 3: Revised abstract --- ---