Spring, 2014
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* 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 daily learning objectives!
(Class time 10:50 a.m.-12:30 pm)
(Class time 10:50 a.m.-12:30 pm)
JAN 7 University is closed due to extreme cold. JAN 9 Course introduction. Contour maps. Weather: The polar vortex. Density of gases, liquids, and solids. Using a triple-beam balance. Homework #1 is due on Monday--yes, Monday!
JAN 14 Measuring density of solids in the lab. Weather:  Atmospheric structure, air composition, and wind. JAN 16 Introducing the Weather Watch assignment. Weather: Air pressure, wind, and global circulation. Maps: Barometric pressure.
JAN 21 University is closed until noon due to snow. JAN 23 Maps, continued: density, crustal thickness, earthquake depth, and more. Geotectonics and geographic settings.
JAN 28 University is closed due to extreme cold. JAN 30 Geotectonics: Finding patterns in geotectonic data.
FEB 4 Quiz #1. Rock deformation and Earth's internal structure: lithosphere and asthenosphere. Plate boundaries. FEB 6 Quiz #1. Get the review sheet here!
FEB 11  Contouring, again. Geotectonics and how rocks form. Plate boundaries and rocks: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. FEB 13  Contouring, one last time. Geotectonics and rock formation.
FEB 18 Volcanoes, geotectonics, and rock-forming processes. FEB 20 GeoTouring in-class work, cont. Bring your textbook!
FEB 25 Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and minerals. Creating a rock identification key. Bring your textbook! FEB 27  Writing rock descriptions and identifying rocks.
MAR 4 Quiz #2 Get the review sheet here! MAR 6  All rocks, all the time: Identifying rocks in hand sample.
MAR 11 The Rock Cycle, putting it all together. Reading geologic maps. GeoTouring Points of Interest project: the next step. MAR 13 Latitude and longitude. Earthquakes: focus, epicenter, P- and S-waves.
MAR 18 Spring Break MAR 20 Spring Break
MAR 25  Latitude and longitude, cont'd. Earthquakes: Epicenter and magnitude. P-waves and S-waves. Finding epicenters. MAR 27 GeoTouring Points of Interest: Poster Presentations!
Sign up for a study area for earthquake mapping.
APR 1 Earthquakes: Finding the epicenter of an earthquake. Earthquakes: Creating  earthquake maps using the USGS earthquake information site. APR 3 Quiz #3 Get the review sheet here!
APR 8 Earthquake maps. What do they mean? APR 10 Weather, climate, weather variables. Density of air masses. Weather maps revisited.
APR 15 Weather: Weather map presentations. Weather variables. APR 17 Humidity, wind, dew point, dew point depression, analyzing weather maps.
APR 22 Fronts. Clouds, precipitation. Warm, cold, stationary, and occluded fronts. Weather Watch graphs due. APR 24 Written Weather analysis due. Pressure systems.
APR 29 Weather Watch presentations. Course evaluations. MAY 1 No class.
MAY 6 No class. MAY 8 Final quiz 10:00-11:50 a.m. Note that this is different from the original date scheduled. See the official NEIU exam schedule here and the offical calendar here.
MAY 13 Grades due 10:00 a.m
* This course follows the NEIU final exam schedule and policy. 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!




AVERAGE SALARY FOR GEOSCIENTISTS: $82,500, or $40/hr (May 2010 data)

Introduction to Earth Science, ESCI 121-06
Department of Earth Science, Northeastern Illinois University
Last updated April 17, 2014
© Laura L. Sanders, Ph.D.