Todd Stradford, Department of Geography & Geology
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|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
|Dr. H. Todd Stradford||Phone: 342-1674
|262 Gardner||Mailbox: 261 Gardner|
|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.
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.
|4 Lab Exams||50 points||200 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%|
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:
1: Essentials of Geography
||Chapter 7: Water and Atmospheric Moisture||Chapter 13: Weathering, Karst Landscapes, and Mass Movement|
2: Solar Energy to Earth and the Seasons
||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|
6: Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations
12: Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism
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.
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.
The reading assignment is given on the syllabus. The day that the assignment is listed is the day BY which it should be read.
As each day covers about a weeks' worth of regular semester materials, I would not consider missing a class.
60% or above for all class exams and lab exams is passing.
Assignments -- Should be read by the date listed:
|Class||Daily Reading Assignment|
|M July 11||Introduction - Course Expectations
The Earth in Space
|1- Earth in Space||Chapter 1: Essentials of Geography|
2- Location & Time
Pressure and Winds
|3-Energy & Circulation||2||Chapter
4: Atmosphere and Surface Energy Balances
Chapter 5: Global Temperatures
|Th 14||Atmospheric Circulation
Lapse Rates and Inversions
Air Masses and Fronts (Fronts2)
6: Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations
Chapter 7: Water and Atmospheric Moisture
|M 18||Thunderstorms & Hurricanes
||4 -Atmospheric Moisture||4|
Global Pressure, Winds, & Climate
|5-Surface & Upper Atmosphere||5||Chapter 8: Weather|
World Climate Practice Map
Climate Koppen Practice Quiz
10: Global Climate Systems
|Climate Change||EXAM 2||7|
Folding & Faulting
|7 - Isoline Maps||8||Chapter 11: The Dynamic Planet|
|Tu 26||Volcanism & Earthquakes
|8 - Plate Tectonics||9||Chapter 12: Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanism|
|Weathering and Erosion||10 - Hydrology||10||Chapter 13: Weathering and Mass Movement|
|Mass Wasting||EXAM 3||11||Chapter 14: River Systems and Landforms|
Fluvial Processes & 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
|13 - Alpine Glaciation||14||Chapter 17: Glacial and Periglacial Processes and Landforms|
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