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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

Chapter 1: Earth's origin and plate tectonics
Chapter 2: Minerals: compositions, structures, and properties
Chapter 3: Igneous rocks and processes
Chapter 4: Volcanoes and volcanic processes
Chapter 5: Physical and chemical weathering
Chapter 6: Sedimentary rocks and processes
Chapter 7: Metamorphic rocks and processes
Chapter 8: Relative and absolute geologic time
Chapter 9: Rock deformation and geologic structures
Chapters 10 and 11: Earthquakes and Earth's interior
Chapters 12 and 13: Plate tectonics and continental structure
Chapter 14: Mass movements
Chapter 15: Streams
Chapter 16: Groundwater
Chapter 17: Glaciers and ice ages
Chapter 18: Deserts and the geologic work of the wind
Chapter 19: Shorelines and coastal processes

Online Assignments

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

Online assignments

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Date due

Assignment 1: Rb-Sr isochron tba tba
Assignment 2: Virtual River—Discharge tba tba

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

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Assignment 1: Outline of article tba tba
Assignment 2: Abstract of article tba tba
Assignment 3: Revised abstract tba tba