Department of Earth Science |Northeastern Illinois University

INTRODUCTION TO GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
ESCI 340

What should you bring to this course?                                                                                    Dr. Sanders

Students should come to this course having taken either MATH 104 or MATH 106, as well as at least eight credit hours in Earth Science at the 200-level or higher (prerequisite).   Beyond, that, students should be able to do the following:

Geologic Materials and Processes

* List the three major classes of rocks.
* Draw a diagram illustrating the rock cycle.
* List two general types of rock that belong to each of the major classes, and give examples of each.
* Name and describe the two major types of weathering processes.
* List the four major sizes of sediments in order of descending grain size.

* Tell what type of rock each type of sediment would form, if lithified.

* List three major types of glacial deposits, and describe what characterizes those deposits and how they form.

Topographic maps

* Use a topographic map to investigate and describe the topography of an area.

* Use a topographic map to determine what direction a stream flows.

* Use a topographic map to tell what direction is downhill from a given point.

* Use a topographic map to construct a topographic profile.

Mathematical skills

* Give and use the geometric formulas for area of a rectangle, triangle, and circle.

* Give and use the geometric formulas for the volume of a rectangular solid and a cylinder.

* Given a simple algebraic formula containing several variables, rearrange the formula to solve for each variable.  (For
example, if 2y = 3x + 5, rearrange the formula to solve for x, and then rearrange it to solve for y.)

* Use a scientific calculator to find the sine, cosine, and tangent of an angle.

* Use inverse trigonometric functions on a scientific calculator.

* Write a number both in scientific notation and in normal format.

* Raise a number to an exponential power.

Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

© 2007 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated January 9, 2007.