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Weekly Learning Objectives and Study Questions

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 have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) installed on your computer to view them.

Weekly Lesson

Etudes Qsns

Supporting Documents

Chapter 1: Actualism, Relative Dating and Plate Tectonics 17-Jan Interpreting Geologic Sections
Chapter 4: Modern Environments 24-Jan  
Chapter 5: Sedimentary Environments 31-Jan Depositional Environments
Chapter 6: Correlation and Dating of the Rock Record 10-Feb Interpreting Geologic Sections
Chapter 7: Evolution and the Fossil Record 17-Feb Plant Cladogram
Chapter 8: Plate Tectonics and Ocean Basins 5-Mar  
Chapter 9: Continental Tectonics and Mountain Belts 12-Mar  
Chapter 10: Major Chemical Cycles 19-Mar  
Chapter 11: Hadean and Archean Eons 4-Apr  
Chapter 12: Proterozoic Eon 11-Apr  
Chapter 13: Early Paleozoic Era 18-Apr  
Chapter 14: Middle Paleozoic Era 25-Apr  
Chapter 15: Late Paleozoic Era 30-Apr  
Chapter 16: Early Mesozoic Era 5-May  
Chapter 17: Cretaceous Period 9-May  
Chapter 18: Paleogene Period 12-May  
Chapters 19 and 20: Neogene Period and Holocene Epoch 16-May  

Homework Assignments

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

Homework Assignment

Date Assigned

Date Due

Assignment 1: Energy budget model (class code: xxxxx) 24-Jan-2014 29-Jan-2014
Assignment 2: Rb-Sr isochron (or Radiocarbon Dating for old hands) 10-Feb-2014 14-Feb-2014

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 Assignment

Date Assigned

Date Due

Assignment 1: Outline 14-Apr-2014 18-Apr-2014
Assignment 2: Preliminary Abstract 30-Apr-2014 7-May-2014
Assignment 3: Final Abstract 14-May-2014 19-May-2014