of this syllabus will be updated several times per week as we move
the semester. Check frequently for updates!
Course Description: Introduction to the theory and
of ground water flow as well as streamflow. Topics include the
equation, evapotranspiration, well drilling and testing, porosity and
Darcy's law, confined and unconfined aquifers, flow nets, geology of
water occurrence, water table maps, geophysical exploration methods,
logs, streamflow, and hydrographs (4 credit hours). (From
the NEIU catalog.)
assignments listed here are for the Fetter textbook.
on the date to see a list of objectives for that class period.
will be updated at least twice weekly, just before or just after each
JAN 11 Course overview.
The hydrologic cycle. Solving quantitative problems. Rain barrels and stormwater
JAN 13 Solving
quantitative problems; rain barrels continued. Read: p. 24-47, 55-57.
JAN 18 Homeworks #1 and #2 are due. Uncertainty in
scientific measurement. What makes water
JAN 20 Water
budgets and the
hydrologic equation. Water
flow: lab explorations.
JAN 25 Water flow: lab explorations, continued. Homework #3 is due.
JAN 27 Water
flow: lab explorations, continued.
FEB 1 NEIU is closed due to the blizzard.
FEB 3 NEIU is closed due to the blizzard.
Hydraulic properties of porous materials: porosity, effective
porosity, specific yield, specific retention, permeability,
hydraulic conductivity. Read: p. 68-95. Read:
Hydraulic properties of rocks and sediments, continued. Water table,
vadose zone, capillary fringe, phreatic zone.
Hydraulic head, pressure head, elevation head.
Flow nets. Read: p. 113-147.
aquitards. Wells and piezometers. Homework #4 is due.
Flow nets and hydraulic head, continued.
EXAM #1 will be distributed near the end of class today.
gradient. Flow nets.
boundaries to flow systems. Read:
p. 100-108, Chapter 4 (esp. pages 132-138). Making
interpreting water level maps. Hydrostratigraphy.
MAR 1 Hydrogeologic
cross sections and maps. Piezometers.
Read: Chapter 7 and p. 297-300.
#5 is due.
MAR 3 Darcy's Law. Finding
well boring data for Illinois. Plotting
MAR 8 Work
on your hydrogeologic cross section.
10 Using geologic maps. Drawing a hydrogeologic
cross section. Read:
15 Evaluating cross sections. Glacial deposits.
MAR 17 Conceptual models; ground water modeling. Designing
grids for numerical
models. Read: p. 132-138 and
Steven Esling's Graphic
MAR 22 Spring Break; no class
MAR 24 Spring Break; no class
MAR 29 Stresses
on aquifers: pumping, recharge,
Hydrostratigraphy and models.
Ground water modeling: particle tracking, capture zones/recharge areas.
Your model should run today!
APR 7 EXAM #2
APR 12 Evaluating models; sensitivity
Completing your modeling project.
APR 19 Ground water chemistry. Intro to ground
water contamination and remediation. Capstone
project: introduction. Find Plume
APR 21 Modeling project paper is due.
Ground water contamination and remediation, continued.
Capstone project, continued. Find
Remediation. Well construction. Capstone project, continued.
MAY 3 Exam period:
Capstone project papers due.
Attendance at all lecture and
sessions is expected. Please bring the following to class every
E-Mail: Students must maintain a
account (either through NEIU or another e-mail service) and must pick up
at least every few days. E-mail will be used to make announcements about
§ Your textbook
§ A scientific
calculator or computer, pencil, eraser, ruler, and a colored pencil (optional)--any
color is fine.
§ Optional: when
we work with topographic maps, you might find it convenient to use a
scale, or engineer's scale. These three-sided rulers make
distances on topo maps much easier. If you buy one,
get an engineer's scale (divided into tenths and then subdivided)
an architect's scale
(divided into halves, quarters, eighths,
and so on).
Exams and Quizzes: Two exams
be given; dates are shown on the outline
topics. Quizzes given will be announced in advance.
Some homework and labs will be completed and handed in by
Assignments and due dates will be posted on the course
and on the
page. Each paper handed in should list only the names of the
who participated in producing the final product. Team members
first outline the solutions to problems on their own, and then should
together to complete the solutions. Only one grade will be
per team. When
quantitative problems, be sure to use the hints linked to this
In the project, which we will work on for several weeks, you
will construct, test, and use a numerical
ground water model that will allow you to delineate a wellhead
area of a community water supply well in Illinois. Several
homework assignments will deal directly with this
The final product of this project will be a report describing the
setting, the ground water model, and the five-year recharge area for
well(s) in the study.
capstone project, you will act as a consultant in an online simulation
of a site with ground water contamination. You will be given a
budget and timeline and will design a remediation program to clean up
the aquifer. Your grade will be based on the degree of
remediation you achieve and how well you stick to the budget and
schedule, and your written report. The final product will include a cover letter and
Laura L. Sanders
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Office hours: Tuesday
4:00-5:10 pm, 7:20-8:00 pm
Thursday 4:00-5:10 pm, 8:10-8:30 pm
Friday 4:20-5:00 pm
During office hours you can find me in BBH 130 or 132
Phone: Voicemail may be left for
me at 773-442-6051
Evaluation: 2 exams, weighted
and in-class assignments: 30%
Capstone project: 20%
No extra credit will be given.
Grading scale: 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B,
= C, 60-69% = D, <60% =F
Other Course Policies
A score of zero points will be assigned for any missing work.
assignments may be turned in late only if approved by the instructor
before the original due date/time. Late assignments must
be submitted within one week of the original due date/time.
exams may be
made up only if approved by the instructor before the class takes the
exam. Missed exams must be made up within one week of the
cannot be made up.
may be made up only if they do not involve a physical laboratory
set-up, and only if approved by the instructor in advance of the
original due date/time.
in all assessment activities. I want to
how well certain concepts are getting across and how the class is
about the material and the course as we go along. At the end of
some class periods, you will assess this, usually anonymously. Assessment questions will help me find out how well the day's
outcomes were achieved. This may be done in the form of an
quiz-type question, a concept map, or survey-type questions. This
information will help me to determine the extent to which the course is
meeting its goals. To provide me with the most information so
I can make the course better, I ask that you give me your most
honest feedback-- the more, the better.
integrity will be strictly enforced. A
from Indiana University explains and gives examples of
and provides helpful tips on how to avoid it.
This outline will
as the semester evolves. Please allow for flexibility in topics
assignments. Check frequently for updates!