Physical Geology 

Geology 1001  

Fall 2009

Dr. Juan M. Lorenzo
Department of Geology and Geophysics


Lecture times

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
940 a.m. -10.30 a.m. 
Old Howe-Russell Building Room 130

Office hours

Room 215 (Old Howe-Russell Building) 

Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment

For appointments and all correspondence



Subject:  GEOL1001

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Required lecture textbook:

Understanding Earth by
Grotzinger, Jordan,  Press, Siever, 5th edition, Freeman Publisher


Dates and times for exams, review sessions and quizzes
are not generally subject to change.

Online course material (free registration) is available from




Mon 24

Introduction to the Course

* Geology minor available

Wed 26

What is Science? An article by H. Quinn

How Geoscientists Think and Learn. An article by K. Kastens

Ch. 1 Modern Theory and Practice of Geology

Notes (*.pptx)

Fri 28


Mon 31






Wed 2

Ch. 2 Plate Tectonics

Fri 4



Mon 7



Wed 9



Ch. 3 Minerals and Rocks

Fri 11


Mon 14


Wed 16


Fri 18



Mon 21


Wed 23

Ch. 4 Igneous Rocks

Not all "granite" counter-tops are made of granite

Fri 25

Mon 28
Wed 30



Fri  2


Mon  5

Wed   7


Fri  9



Mon 12

Midterm REVIEW


Chs. 1-5 (part)

Wed 14

 Midsemester EXAM

Midterm Exam

Mid-semester grades  due 20 Oct.

Fri 16


 Ch. 6  Metamorphic Rocks Class notes .ppt 

Mon 19

Wed 21


Fri 23

Ch. 7 Deformation

Class notes .ppt

Baton Rouge Fault Image

Mon 26

Wed 28

Evidence for water on mars    Just the picture


Fri 30



Mon 2


 Ch. 8 Geologic Time Class notes

Wed 4


Ch. 8 Geologic Time Class notes

Fri 6

Ch. 9 Early Solar System History

Martian rocks (image)

Opportunity landing



Stardust Comet Mission (NASA)

Particles of the early solar system

Mon 9


Ch 13 Earthquakes

Wed 11




Fri 13


Eq. wave movie

Mon 16



Wed 18


Fri 20

Mon 23



Wed 25

 Thanksgiving Holiday

There IS Class

Fri 27

 Thanksgiving Holiday

No Class

Mon 30

Ch. 18 Stream Transport



Wed 2

Fri 4

Review for final exam

2009 Fall Final Exam

Chs. 1-9, 12,13,18

Mon 7

Final Exam 3.00 - 5.00 p.m.

Room 130 OLD Howe-Russell Building

Course Grades: Final letter grades are calculated using the results of one midterm exam plus one final exam.  

A (90-100%) , B (80-89.5%), C (60-79.5%) D (50-59.5%), F (less than 49.5%). 

Geology is a wondrous and rigorous science that requires the same effort in study as any other basic science such as physics, chemistry or biology.  As such, I expect students to attend class, pay attention and participate in all class discussions..  I recommend strongly that students study independently 2 hours for every hour of material covered in class.  Excellent grades require excellent preparation.    

I expect students to read the book chapters covered in class and in advance of the class itself as well as readings I assign.  I expect students to study my online course notes (Powerpoint 2007: *.pptx and Powerpoint 2003 *.ppt) and to supplement their study with the publisher's end-of-chapter and online study guides.  It is the students’ responsibility to come to class and stay informed on the material covered therein.  All material covered in class may be used for examinations.

Socially acceptable courteous behavior between students and with the instructor is expected at all times.  Activities that distract from learning are not allowed (cell phones ringing, personal conversations, etc.)

Exams: There is one required mid-term exams and one required final exam.   If you foresee a university-sanctioned absence and you provide me with the correct documentation in advance of the exams in question I will give you a make-up exam.

It is the students’ responsibility to meet the university deadlines and requirements (See LSU Student Handbook) for seeking permission to request make-up exams.   I do not provide make-up projects for extra credit in order to improve letter grades.

Your final grade will be calculated as follows:  Midterm Grade (40%) + Final Grade (60%).  The midterm exam contains 50 multiple choice or True/False questions.  In the final exam, there are at least 100 multiple choice or TRUE/FALSE questions.  Every exam can have questions from any of the material previously coved in class, with special emphasis on the most recent new material covered.  The final exam will cover all subject matter covered in class.

Example grade calculation: Midterm exam =60; Final exam  = 70

Final grade calculation = 60 x 0.4 + 70 x 0.6  =  66 (C-“average”)

Curving is used when deemed necessary by the instructor.

Students are required to bring the following to all exams:  

* One large "scantron" sheet (NOT the skinny, 50-question scantron sheet), 

* one soft-lead pencil, one eraser, one sharpener, 

* one LSU ID.   (NOT SSN#)

Remember that the final exam questions cover ALL course materials with emphasis on the latest unexamined sections. 

University policy requires that all cheating be reported and that there be NO SMOKING or EATING in classrooms.

I will respond to student e-mails if the subject  matter CAN NOT be dealt with during class or is already explained in this syllabus.  Your e-mails MUST have the following Subject Line:  GEOL1001 or they may be considered spam by my e-mail filter.