EARTH SCIENCE 100
EARTH SCIENCE 100 Fall 2009
Class #41785 T,Th 1:00 pm. - 2:15 pm. Location UNIV 100 8/31/09 – 12/19/09
(Satisfies the earth science content requirement for candidates in the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program)
Instructor: P. Anderson Office Hours: After class outside UNIV 100 in courtyard, and by
E-mail: [email protected] Home page: http://courses.csusm.edu/es100pa/
Required Text: EARTH SCIENCE 12/e, By: Tarbuck and Lutgens, ISBN: 0136020070. Or
9780137136810. the latter comes with the student study guide which is free with the purchase of
a new text.
The accompanying companion web page is linked from my web page. There you will find many useful items such as
practice quizzes, as well as other student support items. It is strongly suggested that you make use of this resource.
“Work smarter, not harder!”
Student Lecture Notebook Earth Science 11/e, By: Tarbuck and Lutgens ISBN 0131927515.
Earth Science 11/e study guide, By: Pinzke ISBN 0131927523.
Earth Science – Quick Study Card ISBN 0131878794 (highly recommended)
Materials: Rock and mineral set, Cost: $14.00 available at Discount Campus Books (Not
mandatory, but you will probably want this!).
Only students who are officially registered may participate in this class. If you are given a
permission code to add this class, you must officially add the class. The Final Exam time will be
announced in class.
As a survey course, the content will provide a foundation in basic Earth Science concepts to
include rocks, minerals, plate tectonics, water cycle, geology, geologic time, Oceanography,
astronomy, and political aspects of Earth Science. Some topics include:
What is the chance of San Diego getting hit with a tsunami?
What are "El Niño" and “La Niña”?
What causes an eclipse?
Why do some mountains blow their tops?
What is the difference between a rock and a mineral?
Why are our local bridges being retrofitted for future earth quakes?
Why does California have frequent earthquakes where as the east coast does not?
What makes a mountain?
Why does the earth have seasons?
What can our oceans and sea floor sediments tell us about global warming?
Why is the Ocean and Atmosphere interrelated and how does one affect the other?
What fuels a hurricane and why are they more abundant on the East coast?
Because of the diversity of the subject matter, it is not possible to cover all areas with equal
emphasis or in a comprehensive manner. The main point is to gain an understanding and
appreciation of the dynamic processes and inter-related systems that exist within Earth Science.
All readings are REQUIRED before class. Start with the chapter summaries. Review key terms
and then read the chapter. Answer the review questions after reading. The lectures and films are
only intended to augment and clarify the readings. Unit outlines are available on my webpage.
Note: Instructor is NOT responsible for lost, un-received/undelivered, or corrupt e-mails or e-
mailed files. All files MUST be virus free. Files containing viruses will be dumped to trash.
COURSE SCHEDULE (tentative)
Date Topic Textbook Earth End of Chapter
Week Unit - Revealed questions
9/1 (1) 2-6, 8, 16
Syllabus, class overview. Maps 1-1
1, 12, (2) 1-3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13
9/8 Introduction to Earth Science 1-2 14,17,
9/10 Minerals: Building Blocks of Rocks
9/15 Rocks: Materials of the Solid Earth 1-3 (3) 3-5, 8, 9, 11-15
9/17 Rock and Mineral activity Rock Cycle activity
9/22 Weathering, Soil, and Mass Wasting 2-4 15, 16, (4) 1, 3-6, 10, 15-18,
19, 20, 21
21, 22, (5) 1, 2, 6, 8, 11,
9/24 Running Water and Groundwater 2-5 15-23, 25, 27-30
Glaciers, Deserts, and Wind 2-6 23
(6) 3-11, 13-17, 19, 22
9/29 Earthquakes and Earth's Interior 3-7 3, 4, 5, 6, (7) 1-23
7, 8, 9, (8) 1-5, 8-16, 18-21
10/1 Plate Tectonics ( USGS: This Dynamic Earth ) 3-8 13, 25
10/6 The Ocean Floor 5-13 (13) 1-5, 7, 9-13, 18
10/8 Tsunamis (Lecture)
(9) 1-6, 9-16, 18,
10/13 Volcanoes and Other Igneous Activity 3-9
(10) 1, 2, 4-15, 17, 18,
10/15 Mountain Building 3-10 20, 21, 23, 27, 28
10/20 Geologic Time 4-11 (11) 1-5, 7, 8, 10-12,
Earth's History: A Brief Summary 4-12 14, 16, 17,
10/22 The Atmosphere: Composition, Structure, and 6-16 (12) 1-3, 6
10, 11, (16) 1, 4-12, 15-22
Surface Ocean Currents (Lecture)
11/3 Gateways to Glaciations (intro) (17) 1, 2, 4, 8-10,
11/5* Moisture, Clouds, and Precipitation 6-17 12-14, 18-25
11/10 Ocean Water and Ocean Life 5-14 (14) 1-4, 7-10, 12, 13,
24 (15) 1-14, 17-19, 22-
11/12 The Dynamic Ocean 5-15
Moon phases and tides (Lecture)
11/17 (18) 1, 2, 4-6, 8-11, 13,
11/19 Air Pressure and Wind 6-18 16, 17
Gateways to Glaciations (recap) 6-19 (19) 3, 7-15, 17-19
12/1 (20) 1-3, 10, 16, 19-23
Weather patterns and severe storms 6-20
(21) 2, 3, 9-11, 13-20,
12/8 Origin of Modern Astronomy 7-21
(22) 1-3, 5-10, 12, 14,
Touring Our Solar System 7-22 16-26
Light, Astronomical Observations, and the Sun 7-23 (23) 1-5, 7, 11, 12, 16,
12/10 Beyond Our Solar System 7-24 (24) 2, 3, 5, 6, 8,
10-12, 14, 15, 17,
19, 21, 22
In addition to the chapter readings, end of chapter questions and the Internet links on my home
page, there is a series of films: Earth Revealed. This is a series of 26, half hour, films available
in the library, or you may stream the videos from a computer with a high-speed connection.
Go to http://www.learner.org/resources/series78.html. Click on the VoD icon and follow the
directions to set up your free account. (Streaming image is rather small)
GRADING: 400 points total
Homework class participation and attendance is 25% of grade (breakout below)…….. 100 pts
quizzes through out the semester both announced and unannounced……………… 200 pts
Accumulative Final Exam...………………….………………………………………… 100 pts
Homework and in-class participation (100 points, 25% of the grade.)
Geographic locations Lat Lon ……………………………………………………….. 15 pts
Surface currents……………………………………………………….…………..….. 15 pts
Gateways to Glaciations ……………………………………………………………… 20 pts
Paper…(two options see below)……………………………………………………… 20 pts
Attendance …………………………………………………………………………….. 30 pts
(All Papers require Cover page and References - not counted toward page total)
Opt. 1) Students working on teacher credentials: Find 3 lesson plans, that interest you,
covering 3 different concepts in the field of Earth Science (peer reviewed). Write a 4 to 5
page paper reviewing these lesson plans and discuss how you would modify them to suit
your teaching style, grade level, and how you would make them into inquiry based activities.
Explain what you did and did not like, and what you would change. Remember you will
always make changes each time you actually try a lesson plan in the classroom setting
depending on your needs and the needs of your students. List both CA standards and
National standards for the grade levels you plan on teaching. Remember to do your best, as
this is the project that you will most likely use in your profession. Include the original lesson
Opt. 2) For those students who are not going on to teaching: Write a 4 to 5-page, 12pt
double spaced with 1” margins, research paper, APA style, covering a topic of your choice
that pertains to Earth Science. Topic must be approved by instructor.
Note: For the quizzes you will be allowed ONE 5” x 7” note card with your handwritten notes,
both sides. Photocopied notes and lift up flaps are NOT acceptable. If there is anything other
than your hand written notes, I will take it. You may use all four of your quiz note cards plus two
more for the final. It is highly recommended that you take good notes and condense down. It is
also highly recommended that you answer the chapter questions at the end of each chapter, as
this is where I find most of the material for the exam questions.
Grades will be based on percentages:
A 93% – 100% 372 – 400 C 73% – 76% 292 – 307
A- 90% – 92% 360 – 371 C- 70% – 72% 280 – 291
B+ 87% – 89% 348 – 359 D+ 67% – 69% 268 – 279
B 83% – 86% 332 – 347 D 63% – 66% 252 – 267
B- 80% – 82% 320 – 331 D- 60% – 62% 240 – 251
C+ 77% – 79% 308 – 319 F Below 59% 250
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must be approved for services
by providing appropriate and recent documentation to the Office of Disabled Student Services
(DSS). This office is located in Craven Hall 5205, and can be contacted by phone at (760) 750-
4905, or TTY (760) 750-4909. Students with disabilities should meet with me during my office
hours or in a more private setting in order to ensure your confidentiality.
To learn how to swim, you must get in the pool! Therefore, in order to learn Earth Science, you
are expected to attend every class and to be on time. It is very disruptive to your classmates to
show up late for class: So, DON’T steal their education! Cellular phones MUST be turned off
or put on vibrate. NO phone conversations will be permitted in class at any time! If you must
take a call, take it outside. If this becomes a disruptive habit, I may ask you to leave the class.
Absolutely NO calls will be permitted during examines, as this will be seen as cheating.
Cheating on any exam is cause for an immediate failure with no makeups.
Most exam material will be from class lecture, films, discussions, and end of chapter questions.
A significant part of class time will include films and slides related to concepts you will be
expected to understand. If you are absent, please contact a friend in the class to get notes. It is
your responsibility to obtain missed material from another student. I will NOT respond to e-mail
requests for content of classes missed, even if you are notifying me in advance. Ask your
In addition to the above material I will include survival techniques for study management that
will help you in building the skills needed to thrive in a college setting.
The key to success in my class is stay on top of the material, and asks lots of questions.
Classmates I Can Call:
Should your study buddies drop it is your responsibility to find new ones.
As in most any entry-level course, you will essentially be expected to learn a whole new
vocabulary centered on the scientific description of the Earth and its processes. You should plan
to spend at least 3 hours studying for each hour of in-class time (if science "isn't your subject", or
your reading skills are weak, it will take more time and effort). In other words, you will spend 3
hours per week attending class plus approximately 9 hours per week of "quality study
time" devoted to preparing for this class each and every week!! (Don't expect to "cram" at
the last minute before an exam...trust me, it won't work!) You should not only have a basic
understanding of the meaning of vocabulary words but also be able to draw a visual image of the
word and how it fits into the overall scope of the topic--ask yourself what, where, when, why,
GOOD LUCK, WORK HARD, and remember: I am here to facilitate your learning
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