Happy the man whose lot it is to know
The secrets of the earth. He hastens not
To work his fellows' hurt by unjust deeds
But with rapt admiration contemplate
Immortal Nature's ageless harmony,
and how and when her order came to be
Such spirits have no place for thoughts of shame.
- Euripides (484-406 B.C.)
Syllabus: Gey 112 (Physical Geology), Summer, 2010:
Lecture & Lab 1:00-4:45 MW, Folsom 103 "Rock lab"
Essentials of Geology, by Lutgens and Tarbuck (10th edition, 9th also fine)
Lab Text: Lab Manual for Physical Geology, by K. McCartney
Instructor: Kevin McCartney (office: 302 Folsom: TTh 1:30-3:00, many other times)
|(lecture; 420 pnts, 3/4 of total credit)||(lab; 140 pnts, 1/4 of total credit)||grades|
|Test 1||125 pnts||Mineral Quiz||20 pnts||A = 90% (504 pnts)|
|Test 2||125 pnts||Lab Midterm||50 pnts||B = 80% (448 pnts)|
|Map Quiz||20 pnts||C = 70% (392 pnts)|
|Final (cumulative)||170 pnts||Map Final||50 pnts||D = 60% (336 pnts)|
|Total Lecture||420 pnts||Total Lab||140 pnts||F 59.9% (335 pnts)|
A steady improvement in test scores may be used in revising grade upwards. Otherwise, grades will not be curved. Attendance can be taken into account in the case of borderline grades.
If you have a disability and need an accomodation or assistance in this course, please make an appointment to talk with me. If you prefer, you may contact Myrna McGaffin in Student Support Services, South Hall.
5) How has science determined that the universe is EXPANDING?
8) News Flash! VOLCANO ERUPTS IN IOWA. Little information is yet available, but you as a geology student should be able to describe the volcano, including its shape, size, characteristics and specific rock associated with it.
2) What is the most common element in the universe?
5) Discuss the composition, structure and occurrence of diamond:
1st question - DOPPLER EFFECT: We can tell from analysis of the spectrum of light that we get from distant objects whether those objects are moving towards us or away from us. We find by examining the light of other galaxies that there is a shift towards the red end of the spectrum, showing that they are moving away from us.
2nd question - Since Iowa is in the middle of a continent, the volcano will be pyroclastic, with a silica-rich magma. The composition of the magma will result in a small volcano with steep sides and light-colored rocks (primarily rhyolite). The volcano will be highly explosive, and tourists should be kept away.
3rd question - Hydrogen
4th question - Diamond is pure carbon (formula C) with the atoms arranged with a tetrahedral pattern so that all bonds are of equal strength (thus giving diamond its exceptional hardness). It is found in kimberlites, which are volcanic structures that bring material from great depths.
|#||lab #||date||lecture/lab title||reading:|
|10th ed.||9th ed.|
|1||M, 5/24||Introduction, What is Geology?||1:1-11||1:1-13|
|2||A short history of the universe and solar system||1:19-23||1:16-18|
|3||Early History and Development of the Earth||ditto||19:442-444|
|L1||Rock-forming mineral identification||L1-15|
|5||F, 5/29||Igneous Rocks and Volcanism||3:60-70
|6||Intrusive Rocks, ores, hotsprings||4:96-102
|L2||Ore-forming mineral identification||L1-15|
|M, 5/31||Memorial Day (no class)|
|7||W, 6/2||Weathering and production of soils||5:114-133||5:116-129|
|8||Sedimentary Rocks; the deposition of strata||6:138-151||6:138-150|
|Time to review minerals|
|9||F, 6/4||Metamorphic Rocks; building materials||7:164-177||7: 164-177|
|L3||Minerals Quiz; Igneous & Metamorphic Rocks||L17-19, L21-22|
|10||M, 6/7||Downslope Movement||8:182-196||8:185-198|
|11||Test I (on material to and including 6/4|
|Review rocks/minerals after test|
|12||W, 6/9||Stream Dynamics and floods||9:198-219||9:202-220|
|13||Streams from mountain to beach||9:198-219||9:202-220|
|L4||Sedimentary Rocks; review of rocks and minerals||L23-25|
|15||What is (and what is not) science?||1:9-11||1:6-7|
|16||M, 6/14||Glaciers I (Glacial Erosion)||11:246-156||11:244-257|
|17||Glaciers II (Glacial Deposition)||11:257-267||11:257-263|
|L5||Lab Midterm, Minerals and Rocks||L27-35|
|18||W, 6/16||Winds, deserts; mountains, unanswered questions||12:276-284
|19||History of Geology and the interpretation of strata||1:4-6
|20||Structural Geology (What does a geologist do?)||17:396-403||17:392-402|
|L6||F, 6/18||Introduction to maps||L27-35|
|21||M, 6/21||Test II (on material to and including 6/16)|
|23||W, 6/23||A scientific revolution||16:331-343||15:336-342|
|24||Plate tectonics; forces upon the earth||15:344-359||15:342-360|
|L7||F, 6/25||quiz on maps; topography||L37-41|
|27||W, 6/30||Geology of Oil and Gas||6:156-158||6:156-158|
|L8||Lab Final, on maps and mapping|
|29||F, 7/2||FINAL EXAM (On material through 6/30)|
Final Exam: .