Geology 101 - General Geology I
|Instructor:||Dr. John Louie|
|Office:||LME 217 (1 floor below quad level)|
|Office Hours:||w, F 9:50-10:50, or by appointment.|
|Teaching Assistants:||Mr. Chad Leonard and Ms. Paula Sime|
Read your syllabus carefully. It is on-line at:
This class will cover the basic concepts of physical
surficial and deep earth processes, including rock formation, plate
tectonics, weathering and
erosion, formation of landscapes, and crustal deformation.
Attendance and participation:
Regular attendance is the best way to assure
a good grade in
this class. It is much easier to absorb the information in lecture than to
try and learn it on your own
from the text. As an incentive to come regularly, pop quizzes will be
given every 5 or 6 lectures.
Quizzes and exams will not be made up unless prior arrangements are made.
Do not wait until after
the exam or quiz to make arrangements.
At least call the instructor and leave a message prior to the quiz or exam.
2 lecture exams and final exam: 40% each (lowest will be dropped)
Quizzes and Homework: 10%
Final exam will be comprehensive.
Exploring Earth - An introduction to Physical Geology; Davidson, Reed, and
Davis, 1997 -
advised to bring to class; pictures are useful.
An overnight field trip/camping trip to Yosemite and vicinity
will be held on Saturday
Oct. 2 - Sunday Oct. 3. This trip is lead by the Geology Department and
is open to all university
students interested in geology (bring your roommate!). It is not
mandatory, but highly
recommended, and an extra credit exercise will be provided. More details
to be announced closer
to the trip.
An optional one-day trip to Sand Mountain
will be available on Oct. 4.
For the purposes of this class, academic dishonesty
is defined to
include: cheating on exams, getting someone to hand in a quiz in your
absence, plagiarism (know what this means), or
turning in someone else's work as your own. Academic dishonesty shall
result in a failing grade
and expulsion from the course, with a report filed with the Vice President
of Academic Affairs.
Tips on how to do well in this or any class:
- Treat this class with the same professionalism you would show in a good
job - be punctual,
attentive, courteous, and do not be afraid to ask for clarification.
- Don't miss class. It takes twice as much energy to learn the material
on your own.
- Try to be well rested and focused when you come to class.
- Communicate with your instructor as soon as you have any questions or
- Take advantage of office hours to get me one-on-one for questions and
clarification. I enjoy
interacting with students during office hours, and I benefit by getting a
better sense for how the
information is coming across. If you cannot make office hours, send me
email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or make an
|Week||Subject and Reading|
|1: 8/23||Introduction, Earth as a dynamic planet, CH 1|
|2: 8/30||Origin and age of earth, how rocks are dated, CH 2|
|3: 9/8||Minerals, CH 3|
|4: 9/13||Igneous processes, volcanism and plutonism, CH 4 p. 71-86|
|5: 9/20||Volcanoes, CH 9 p. 233-237, Focus 9.3; Sedimentary rocks, CH 4 p.
86-95, and CH13 p. 324-331|
|6: 9/27||Metamorphism, CH 4 p. 95-107, EXAM 1 (Wednesday)|
|7: 10/4||Plate Tectonics and Earth's internal processes, CH 5, p.
121-135, CH 6|
|Convergent and transform margin tectonics, CH 9 p. 222-233, 242-251 and
Focus 10.2, 10.4|
|8: 10/11||Deformation of earth's crust, CH 7 p. 163-172|
|9: 10/18||Geologic History diagrams, Seismicity, CH 5 p. 108-120|
On-Line Earthquake Lectures, CH 7 p. 172-188|
On-Line Earthquake Lectures|
|12: 11/8||Structural Geology, Weathering and erosion, CH 12;
Sedimentary systems, CH 13, p. 334-352|
|13: 11/15||EXAM 2 (Wednesday; Study Guide), Geomorphology, CH 14|
|14: 11/22||Coastal processes, Oceanic systems|
|15: 11/29||Hydrogeology, CH 16 p. 431-437; Economic resources, CH
16, p. 411-430|
|Final Exam: Thursday, Dec. 9, 9:45 - 11:45 A.M.|