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Planet Earth
Introduction to
Physical Geography
 

GEO 1040 - Summer, 2016
11 July - 5 August

 


Planet Earth: Introduction to Physical Geography Lecture: MTWTh, 8:50 -11:05 am - Boebel 201

GEO 1040, 4 Credit Hours Summer 2016

Laboratory - Boebel 201
Lab section: MTWTh 11:10-12:50 PM

Instructor:

Dr. H. Todd StradfordPhone: 342-1674

E-mail: stradfot@uwplatt.edu

Office:

262 Gardner Mailbox: 261 Gardner  

Office Hours:

by appointment, and when I'm in my office.
  Copies of Schedule  
Text & Course Materials: 1-- Geosystems - An Introduction to Physical Geography
    Christopherson, 6th Edition, Prentice Hall.
  2-- Labs : Handouts
  3-- Lab supplies: ruler, protractor, calculator, colored pencils (at least a red and blue) bring to every class!!

Final Exam: Exam 4 is over the last section and is not cumulative.

Course Objectives:

This is an introductory course covering the fundamentals of physical geography by examining the structure of the Planet Earth and the processes of 1) the atmosphere and energy flows 2) the solid earth and its relation to the surface structure, and 3) the surface processes that affect the relief of the earth, all in relation to their effects upon humanity.

The course is divided into two major groupings: that of the atmosphere, and that of the earth's surface. Concepts continue through to the end of each group even though an exam may come before the end of a grouping. The two major divisions are connected by hydrology, the study of water on and under the surface of the earth.

Grading:

3 EXAMS

100 points

300 points

 
4 Lab Exams 50 points 200 points  

1 FINAL

100 points

100 points

 
       
 

Total

600 points

 
       
Letter Grades: A 540-600 points > 90%
  B 480-539 80 to 89%
  C 420-479 70 to 79%
  D 360-419 60 to 69%
  F Below 360 < 60%

Examinations:

The examinations will cover 1) material from class, 2) the lab problems to that point, and 3) ALL reading assignments, whether covered in class or not. The Final Examination will cover the last section and last labs. There will be problems similar to those on the labs on the examinations.

Examinations will be held each Thursday during the allotted time for lab and will cover all material covered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning. I will give some time on Thursday for questions and review of the day's material before the exam.

The examinations will cover
1) mainly material from class (your notes)
2) but also textbook material, whether covered in class or not.
Exams may have multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short definitions, essays, calculations, or sketching diagrams.

The labs themselves will not be graded. However, all material on labs is tested after every 3 labs during the regular exam period. This would include, the problems you did on the lab, the vocabulary on the lab, and the explanations on the lab. Simply writing the answer down on the lab in a group effort doesn't mean that you know it. Make sure you know it and not just your lab neighbor! The section on the labs are NOT multiple choice, so know the terms and methods!

 

Chapter Vocabulary Review links:

Chapter 1: Essentials of Geography
Chapter 7: Water and Atmospheric Moisture Chapter 13: Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement
Chapter 2: Solar Energy to Earth and the Seasons
Chapter 8: Weather
Chapter 14: River Systems and Landforms
Chapter 3: Earth's Modern Atmosphere Chapter 9: Water Resources Chapter 15: Eolian Processes and Arid Landscapes
Chapter 4: Atmosphere and Surface Energy Balances Chapter 10: Global Climate Systems
Chapter 17: Glacial and Periglacial Processes and Landforms
Chapter 5: Global Temperatures Chapter 11: The Dynamic Planet  
Chapter 6: Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations
Chapter 12: Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism
 

Makeup Examinations:

There will be NO makeup examinations unless I am notified BEFORE the exam is given AND you have a doctor's notice or other proof; a makeup must be taken no later than 1 WEEK after the normal date of the given exam.

Late homework and lab assignments will NOT be accepted. Labs must be finished before leaving.

Labs:

Read chapter relating to the lab before coming (see reading assignments).

Bring your calculator to every lab!! Phone calculators may or may not work depending on the phone.

Evaluation of the labs will be made on the 4 examinations, testing your ability to repeat what you've done and how well you understand it. Approximately 50 points on each exam will be directly from the labs.

Assignments:

The reading assignment is given on the syllabus. The day that the assignment is listed is the day BY which it should be read.

Attendance:

As each day covers about a weeks' worth of regular semester materials, I would not consider missing a class.

Final Grade:

60% or above for all class exams and lab exams is passing.

Assignments -- Should be read by the date listed:

Date Event

Lab

Class Daily Reading Assignment
  Week 1
M July 11 Introduction - Course Expectations
The Earth in Space
Earth-Sun Relationships
1- Earth in Space   Chapter 1: Essentials of Geography
Tu 12

Scale, Projections, Lat, Long Topographic Maps
Rectangular Survey System
Energy flow balance

2- Location & Time

1

Chapter 2: Solar Energy to Earth and the Seasons
Chapter 3: Earth's Modern Atmosphere

W 13 Atmospheric Pressure and Winds
Coriolis
3-Energy & Circulation 2 Chapter 4: Atmosphere and Surface Energy Balances
Chapter 5: Global Temperatures
Th 14 Atmospheric Circulation
Humidity
Lapse Rates and Inversions
Air Masses and Fronts (Fronts2)
EXAM 1 3 Chapter 6: Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations
Chapter 7: Water and Atmospheric Moisture
Week 2
M 18 Thunderstorms & Hurricanes
4 -Atmospheric Moisture 4

Chapter 7: Water and Atmospheric Moisture

Tu 19
Global Pressure, Winds, & Climate
5-Surface & Upper Atmosphere 5 Chapter 8: Weather
W 20 Climate Classification
World Climate Practice Map
Climate Koppen Practice Quiz
6-Climate Classification 6 Chapter 10: Global Climate Systems

Th 21

Climate Change EXAM 2 7
Week 3

M 25

Plate Tectonics
Folding & Faulting
7 - Isoline Maps 8 Chapter 11: The Dynamic Planet
Tu 26 Volcanism & Earthquakes
Tectonic Landforms
GeoHazards
8 - Plate Tectonics 9 Chapter 12: Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism

W 27

Weathering and Erosion 10 - Hydrology 10 Chapter 13: Weathering and Mass Movement

Th 28

Mass Wasting EXAM 3 11 Chapter 14: River Systems and Landforms
Week 4
M 1

Fluvial Processes & Landforms
Solution Landforms

11- Fluvial Landscapes 12 Chapter 13: Karst Landscapes
Tu 2 Desert Landforms 12 - Desert Landforms 13 Chapter 15: Eolian Processes and Arid Landscapes
W 3 Alpine Glaciation
Continental Glaciation
13 - Alpine Glaciation 14 Chapter 17: Glacial and Periglacial Processes and Landforms

August
Th 4

Glaciation

EXAM 4 15  
         
    Posted Grades on D2L    

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