CHICAGO ROCKS!  Geology in the City
ESCI 109, Section 03
Fall 2008

Review for Exam #1 (September 30, 2008)                                                                                            Dr. Sanders

w List the requirements for this course.

w On the web, navigate to the web page for the course, and
            □  find the daily objectives
            □  find the homework assignments.

w List 10 ways that college is different from high school.

w Know the names of at least 5 of your classmates.

w Know the name of the Peer Mentor, how to contact her, and what she contributes to this course.

w Given a set of four rocks, list three one-word observations about each sample.  Compare your observations with others, for each related sample. In groups, choose the two *most important* characteristics for each sample.  List the ways in which the rocks are *different* from each other. 

    List the keys to good teamwork that enable a group to complete a task like this. 

Recognizing that landscape gives clues to Chicago's geology, explore the NEIU Commons area: observe and make
notes/ sketches/ etc. as to its characteristics.  Back indoors, using paper or play-dough, make a representation of the NEIU Commons landscape.

w List some occupations that rely on a professional's ability to take clear, accurate, and complete notes.

List the steps you should take to prepare for taking notes in a class, including mental preparation as well as preparation of your notebook itself.

Describe and demonstrate the Cornell method for taking notes.  List several cues that tell you what to write in your notes during a class activity, and explain why good note-taking does not involve writing every word the instructor says.

List the steps you should take after a class or note-taking session in order to improve your recall. 

Explain how taking notes on written materials differs from taking notes on a lecture or classroom activity.

Additional useful hints on note-taking skills appear at this site.

w Construct an Academic Plan that you will follow to get a bachelor's degree in your chosen field. 

List the three major types of rocks and explain how each type forms.

w For each of the three major rock types, list three characteristics that will help you identify them when you see them again.

w Demonstrate that you know how to use a geologic hand lens.

w List the elements that any map should have to make it useful. 

w Examine a map to see how many of these elements are found on it. 

Describe how three-dimensional landscape can be illustrated on a flat topographic map.

w Sketch examples of how several different landforms would appear using the topographic mapping method.

Using your geologic knowledge and observation skills, examine and make observations about the rocks, minerals, landforms, and other geologic features of interest on the NEIU campus.  Explain how geologic resources are used in each of these features.

w From the Scavenger Hunt and the campus field trip, list and describe several geologic features of the NEIU campus. 

w From the Scavenger Hunt and the campus field trip, list and describe several NEIU offices/programs that provide services to NEIU students.

Explain what a contour is.

Draw simple topographic maps that illustrate various landforms:  

        � steep slope
� gentle slope
� plain
� hill
� closed basin

w Interpret the contours on a topographic map showing the landforms listed above.

w Using a US Geological Survey (USGS) topographic map, do the following:

  � Show how to tell what quadrangle (area) it covers and where that quadrangle falls within the state;
� Determine the contour interval for the map, and explain what that means;
� Determine the year the map was published;
� Identify streets and highways, railroads, parks, urbanized areas, and buildings;
� Measure the distance between two points.
� Determine the elevation of a given point on the map;
� Identify streams;
� Find the elevation of a stream at a given point on the map.  

w List effective strategies for successful exam preparation and test-taking.

w Recognize and describe the typical characteristics of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.

w Identify and explain the effects of weathering processes (physical weathering and chemical weathering) on rocks.
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2008 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated September 29, 2008.