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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

Supporting Document and Links

Chapter 1: Actualism, Relative Dating, and Plate Tectonics  
Chapter 4: Modern Environments  
Chapter 5: Sedimentary Environments Depositional Environment Summary
Chapter 6: Correlation and Dating of the Rock Record Interpreting Geologic Sections
Chapter 7: Evolution and the Fossil Record  
Chapter 8: Theory of Plate Tectonics  
Chapter 9: Continental Tectonics and Mountain Belts  
Chapter 10: Major Chemical Cycles  
Chapter 11: Hadean and Archean Eons  
Chapter 12: Proterozoic Eon  
Chapter 13: Early Paleozoic Era  
Chapter 14: Middle Paleozoic Era  
Chapter 15: Late Paleozoic Era  
Chapter 16: Early Mesozoic Era  
Chapter 17: Cretaceous Period  
Chapter 18: Paleogene Period  
Chapters 19 and 20: Neogene Period and Holocene Epoch  

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: 74850 8-Feb-2012 15-Feb-2012
Assignment 2: Rb-Sr isochron (or Radiocarbon Dating for old hands) 29-Feb-2012 7-Mar-2012

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 of article 11-Apr-2012 18-Apr-2012
Assignment 2: Abstract of article 7-May-2012 11-May-2012
Assignment 4: Revised abstract of article 14-May-2012 18-May-2012