ESCI 121, Section 07
Fall 2013
Course Schedule
* For daily learning objectives, click the date. Links will be added daily as the semester progresses.

* The outline of topics will be updated several times each week. Check frequently for changes! 

* Complete the readings before class on the day shown.

CLASS ACTIVITIES   (Click the date for a list of daily learning objectives!)

(Class meeting time: 1:15-2:55 pm)
(Class meeting time: 1:15-2:55 pm)
AUG 27  Introduction to the study of Earth Science. Introduction to this course. Maps. AUG 29  Topographic maps. Homework #1 is due by 2:00 p.m. Friday, Aug 30--that's tomorrow!
SEP 3  Topographic maps, continued. World map due (Homework #2).  Geotectonics: geographic settings. SEP 5  Geotectonics: a jigsaw exercise to find large-scale patterns in Earth's surface.
SEP 10 Geotectonics: finding patterns in geotectonic data. Continental and oceanic crust.  Density and how to measure it. SEP 12  Density and Earth materials. Rock deformation and Earth's internal structure. Geotectonics: lithosphere and asthenosphere. Plate boundaries. Minerals: mineral properties.
SEP 17 Plate boundaries, continued. Rocks and minerals. Mineral properties and investigation tools. Mineral properties and classification. Using a mineral identification key. SEP 19 Quiz #1. Get the review sheet here!
SEP 24 Plate boundaries: divergent, convergent. Silicate minerals and igneous rocks SEP 26  Minerals, continued. Plate boundaries, continued: convergent. Plate boundaries and rocks: metamorphic and sedimentary.
OCT 1 Igneous and sedimentary rocks and minerals. GeoTouring in-class work. Bring your textbook! OCT 3 GeoTouring in-class work, cont'd. Bring your textbook!
OCT 8 Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and minerals. OCT 10 Metamorphic rocks. Creating a rock identification key.
OCT 15 The Rock Cycle, and putting it all together. How does it fit into the big picture of global geotectonics? Creating and using a rock identification key. OCT 17  Quiz #2. Get the review sheet here!
OCT 22 Reading geologic maps. Latitude and longitude. Intro to GeoTouring Points of Interest project. OCT 24 Earthquakes: focus, epicenter, P- and S-waves. Latitude and longitude, contd.
OCT 29 GeoTouring Points of Interest: Poster Presentations! Earthquakes: Finding epicenters. Using Virtual Earthquake. OCT 31 Earthquakes: Creating and analyzing earthquake maps using the USGS earthquake information site.
NOV 5 Creating and analyzing earthquake maps using the USGS earthquake information site. Virtual Earthquake assignment is due. NOV 7 Quiz #3. Get the review sheet here!
NOV 12 Weather, climate, weather variables. Air masses, weather maps. NOV 14 Weather, weather variables, atmospheric structure. Humidity, dew point, dew point depression.
NOV 19 Wind, dew point depression, analyzing weather maps. NOV 21 Fronts. Clouds, Precipitation. Air pressure, highs and lows.
NOV 26 Clouds and precipitation. Warm, cold, stationary and occluded fronts. NOV 28 Thanksgiving; no class
DEC 3 Graphing weather watch data. DEC 5  Weather Watch presentations. Course evaluations.
DEC 10 2:00-3:50 pm.  NOTE DIFFERENT TIME!  Quiz #4.  
 *Please note the schedule for the final exam and university policies governing final exams (inside the back cover of the Schedule of Classes.) No exceptions will be made other than those allowed by this policy.

*Flexibility:  This outline will change as the semester evolves. Check this page frequently for updates!

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Copyright 2013 Laura L. Sanders. Last updated December 3, 2013.