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  • Section 1: 0900-1015; DH 306
  • Section 2: 1330-1445; DH 208

Contact information:

  • Instructor: Paula Jefferis
  • Office: DH 419
  • Telephone: 408-924-5016
  • Email: paula.jefferis-nilsen@sjsu.edu

Welcome to the spring 2011 semester!

  • Wishing you success during the semester!
  • Regular attendance with active participation, understanding material, and completing assignments helps achieve this goal.
  • These classes are large so make a point of making a visit during office hours especially if the material is overwhelming
  • http://www.sjsu.edu/people/paula.jefferis-nilsen

Earth Science and the Environment, Thompson and Turk

  • Read covered chapters
  • Emphasis and exam questions are covered in lecture but some exam questions come directly from book
  • Understand figures that explain topics
  • At least read the summary before class
  • Each week one or two figures or sections will be assigned for the following week

Assignments and exams:

  • Assignment or exam
  • Percentage of grade
  • Three exams
  • 50
  • 10
  • Field trip to
  • 5
  • Various exercises
  • 10
  • 10
  • Birthplace term paper
  • 15
  • Total
  • 100

Assignments and exams:

  • Assignment
  • Date
  • Percentage
  • Exam # 1
  • February 23rd
  • Exam # 2
  • April 13th
  • Exam # 3
  • May 16th
  • All three exams equal 50%
  • National and state park oral report and essay
  • February 28th and April 2nd
  • 10
  • Field trip
  • Section 1: 2/11
  • Section 2: 2/18
  • 5
  • March 23rd
  • 15
  • Field trip #1: Water processing plant
  • March 11
  • One trip and oral
  • tba
  • Presentation to equal 10%
  • Field trip #3: Moss Landing Marine Laboratory
  • tba
  • Field trip #4: Lehigh Hanson Limestone Quarry
  • March 18th
  • throughout the semester
  • 10
  • Total
  •  
  • 100%

All written work must be submitted to turnitin.com

  • Register and understand how the system works
  • Section 1
  • Id #:3751957
  • Password: planets1
  • (case sensitive)
  • Section 2
  • Id #: 3751958
  • Password: planets2
  • (case sensitive)

Earth Science:

  • Astronomy: 4 classes; chapters 21-24
  • Geosphere: 8 classes; chapters 1-4; 7-9
  • Hydrosphere: 6 classes; chapters: 5; 14 and 15
  • Atmosphere: 4 classes; chapters 16-19
  • Many topics with a wide range of detail are covered throughout the semester.
  • Make sure you ask questions or come visit during office hours before information is too overwhelming.
  • Asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars

Part II: Geosphere: minerals and rocks

National and state park oral report and essay

Geosphere

  • Solid Earth
  • Heat transfer from the hot internal Earth to the cooler surface.
  • USGS

Part III: The Active Earth

  • Haiti
  • Plate tectonics

Volcanoes

IV. Hydrosphere

Hydrosphere

Running water: erosion, deposition of sediments, and creation of landforms

  • Merced River, Sierra Nevada
  • Mississippi River Delta

Hydrosphere: oceans

  • Smithsonian

V. Atmosphere

  • 99% of gases are concentrated in the first 30 kilometers (20 miles)
  • Temperature change

Meteorology

Biosphere: interaction

  • Redwood trees
  • Diatoms
  • Bald Eagle

Get to know your neighbor:

  • Write your name
  • Answer question 1
  • Break into groups by table
  • Introduce yourselves and take down the other student’s contact information
  • Write down a fellow student’s name and ask question 3
  • Repeat the above step only you make a response so the other student may take down your response

Describe what you see in this figure:

What is Earth System science?

  • Open system: energy and matter flow into and out of the system

The Hydrologic Cycle

The Rock Cycle

Academic Integrity

  • The Golden Rule
  • Do onto others as you would have them do onto you
  • My rule
  • Do not behave in a manner that you would not be able to tell your favorite grandparent, aunt, or uncle about.


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