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Geology 1001  Section 1

Spring 2007

Dr. Juan M. Lorenzo
Department of Geology and Geophysics

Lecture times Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30 a.m. -9.30 a.m. Room E137, New Howe-Russell Building
Office hours

Room 215 (Old Howe-Russell Building) Tuesdays and Thursdays after class.

For appointments and all correspondence


e-mail: gllore@lsu.edu

Subject:  GEOL1001

T.A. Office hours

Eric Prokocki(Howe-Russell Building) room E340A Howe-Russell Building time 10.00 a.m.-noon.; For appointments

e-mail: egeorock@yahoo.com

Subject: GEOL1001



Required lecture textbook:

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

Notes: The following schedule of classes and their content is modeled on last year's (2006) Physical Geology Syllabus and subject to changes.  Dates and times for exams, review sessions and quizzes are not generally subject to change.

Online course material (free registration) is available from







Wed 17 Example Quiz 1 using Blackboard Introduction to the Course 

Syllabus handout--Geology minor

Fri 19  

Ch. 1 Modern Theory and Practice of Geology

Mon 22 Quiz 2 (Chs. 1-2) Ch. 2 Plate Tectonics
Wed 24    
Fri 26


Mon 29 Quiz 3 (Chs. 2-3)  
Wed 31    


Fri 2

Ch. 3 Minerals and Rocks

Mon 5 Quiz 4 (Chs. 3-4)  
Wed 7


Fri 9  

Ch. 4 Igneous Rocks

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

Mon 12 Quiz 5 (Chs 4-5)  
Wed 14    

Ch. 5  Sedimentary Rocks

Fri 16

Quiz 6

Mon 19 Mardi Gras Holiday


Wed 21 Mardi Gras Holiday  
Fri 23


Mon 26  

Review for Mid-term I exam

Old Exam Questions


Quiz 2

Quiz 3

Quiz 4

Quiz 5

Quiz 6

Wed 28 Mid-term exam I  

*Mardi Gras Holiday: February 19-February 21  (M-W). Classes resume February 22 at 7.30 a.m.



Fri 2 Ch. 6  Metamorphic Rocks
Mon 5

Quiz 7

Ch. 7 Deformation

Wed 7    
Fri 9    
Mon 12 Quiz 8  
Wed 14   Ch. 8 Geologic Time
Fri 16     
Mon 19 Quiz 9 Ch. 12 Volcanoes
Wed 21  

Fri 23  Ch. 9 Early Solar System History
Mon 26

Quiz 10

Ch 13 Earthquakes

Wed 28

Evidence for water on mars    Just the picture

Fri 30




Mon 2  *Spring Break  
Wed 4  *Spring Break  
Fri 6  *Spring Break  
Mon 9 Quiz 11

Review for Mid-term exam II

Wed 11 Mid-term exam II  
Fri 13  


Mon 16 Quiz 12  Ch. 14 Inside the Earth 
Wed 18  
Fri 20  

Ch. 16 Weathering and Erosion

Mon 23 Quiz 13  
Wed 25  
Fri 27

Ch 17 Hydrology
Mon 30 Quiz 14 Ch 18 Water Transport

*Spring break: April 2-8  (M-Sun). Classes resume April 9 (M), 7.30 a.m.


Wed 2
Fri 4 Review for final exam

2006 Final Exam

Quiz 11 Q&A

Quiz 12 Q&A

Quiz 13 Q&A

Quiz 14 Q&A

Midterm 1 Q&A

Midterm 2 Q&A

Chs. 1-9,12-14,16-18

Mon 7 Final Exam 3.00-5.00 p.m. E137 Howe-Russell Building.

Course Grades: Final letter grades are calculated nominally using the results of two (2) midterm exams plus one final exam.  A (90-100%) , B (80-89.5%), C (60-79.5%) D (50-59.5%), F (less than 49.5%). 

Quizzes: Every Monday, via "Blackboard", online quizzes will be available for 10% extra credit to the final, non-curved, grade.  Questions in the quizzes can be from the proceeding chapter, i.e. from a chapter that has not yet been covered in class. Ten percent or more of these same questions will be used for midterm and final exams.  Midterm exams and final exams only cover the material in those chapters that have been presented in class. These quizzes will be available for completion 24 hours prior to the start of class. An online password will be needed for using "Blackboard."  This password will be given out each Friday before the quiz in class.  I will not normally supply this password via e-mail.

Exams: There will be two mid-term exams and one final exam.  The best of the two mid-term exam grades contributes to 40% of final grade.  The final exam is worth 60% of final grade.  There are no makeup exams or projects.  If you choose or happen to miss both mid-term exams, only the final exam will determine the final grade, i.e. the final exam will conbtribute toward 100% of the final grade.  Mid-term exams test cumulative course material covered with special emphasis on new content.  All cheating must be reported to the university.  Please bring you own "scantron" sheets (LARGE!), pencils and erasers to each exam.  Final exam questions cover ALL course materials with emphasis on unexamined sections.  All grades are "curved."  An example nominal average grade per exam  may be about 60% (C).  Exams comprise multiple choice, or True/False questions.