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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 Docs
Chapter 1: Earth's origin, structure and the rock cycle 22-Aug ---
Chapter 2: Plate tectonics 24-Aug ---
Chapter 3: Minerals: properties and resources 5-Sep mineral identification
Chapter 4: Igneous rocks and intrusive processes 14-Sep igneous rock identification
Chapter 5: Volcanoes and volcanic hazards 21-Sep ---
Chapter 6: Weathering and soils 28-Sep ---
Chapter 7: Sedimentary rocks and environments 5-Oct sedimentary rock identification
Chapter 8: Metamorphism and metamorphic rocks 12-Oct metamorphic rock identification
Chapter 9: Earthquakes and Earth's interior 19-Oct ---
Chapter 18: Geologic Time 26-Oct ---
Chapter 10: Origin and evolution of the ocean floor 31-Oct ---
Chapter 11: Crustal deformation and mountain building 7-Nov ---
Chapter 12: Mass wasting and the work of gravity 14-Nov ---
Chapter 13: Running water 21-Nov ---
Chapter 14: Groundwater 30-Nov ---
Chapter 15: Glaciers and glaciation 5-Dec ---
Chapter 16: Deserts and the geologic work of the wind 12-Dec ---
Chapter 17: Shorelines and coastal processes 12-Dec ---

Online Assignments

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

Online assignments Date assigned Date due
Assignment 1: Rb-Sr isochron 24-Oct-2016 28-Oct-2016
Assignment 2: Virtual River—Flooding 23-Nov-2016 30-Nov-2016

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 26-Oct-2016 2-Nov-2016
Assignment 2: Abstract of article 22-Nov-2016 29-Nov-2016
Assignment 3: Revised abstract --- ---