Physical Geology 

Geology 1001  

Spring 2011

Dr. Juan M. Lorenzo
Department of Geology and Geophysics


Lecture times

Tuesday and Thursday
910 a.m. -10.30 a.m. 
Old Howe-Russell Building Room 130

Office hours

Room 215 (Old Howe-Russell Building) 

Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment

For appointments and all correspondence


Subject:  GEOL1001

T.A.:B. Maas Office hours

Office :  Howe-Russell Building Room E230
Hours:    TBA 
Tuesday 2:00 to 3:00
Thuesday 10:30 to 11:30


For appointments:
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Required lecture textbook:

Understanding Earth by
Grotzinger, Jordan,  Press, Siever, 5th edition (shown above) or later 6th 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




Tue 18

Introduction to the Course

* Geology minor available

 Thu 20

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)

 Tue 25 Ch. 2 Plate Tectonics

Thu 27 id.




Tue 1


Ch. 3 Minerals and Rocks


Thu 3


Tue 8


  Ch. 4 Igneous Rocks

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

Thu 10


Tue 15

Ch. 5  Sedimentary Rocks

Thu 17

Midterm REVIEW


Tue 22

Midsemester exam 1

Thu 24

Ch. 6  Metamorphic Rocks Class notes .ppt 



Tue  1


Thu  3



 Mardi Gras Break


Thu 10


Tue 15


Ch 13 Earthquakes

Thu 17 Eq. wave movie

Tue 22

Ch. 7 Deformation

Class notes .ppt

Baton Rouge Fault Image

Mid-semester grades due 22 March

Thu 24


Tue 29

Midsemester  Exam 2 Review  

Thu 31 Midsemester Exam 2



Tue 5


Ch. 8 Geologic Time Class notes

Thu 7


Tue 12

Evidence for water on mars    Just the picture

Ch. 9 Early Solar System History

Martian rocks (image)

Opportunity landing



Stardust Comet Mission (NASA)

Particles of the early solar system

Thu 14


Tue 16


Thu 18-24

 Spring Break

No Classes

Tue 26


Thu 28




Tue 3


Ch. 18 Stream Transport

Thu 5

Review for final exam

Chs. 1-9, 12, 13, 17,18

Fri 13 Final Exam 7.30 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. Room 130 OLD Howe-Russell Building

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, texting, snoring, personal conversations, etc.)

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 NOT ALREADY explained in this syllabus.  Your e-mails MUST have the following Subject Line:  GEOL1001 or they may be filtered as spam by my e-mail client.

Exams: There are two (2) required mid-term exams and one (1) 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.

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#)

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%). 

Your final grade will be calculated as follows:  Midterm Grade (40%) + Final Grade (60%).  

Only the better of the two midterm exam results will be used to calculate the final grade.  

The midterm exams 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 covered in class, with special emphasis on the most recent new material covered.  The final exam will cover all subject matter covered in class.

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


There will be quizzes with answers given during class as examples of the type of exam questions you can expect.

Grade Calculation

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

Final grade calculation = 60 x 0.4 + 70 x 0.6  (before "curving")

Curving is used when deemed necessary by the instructor.

Numeric grades will be posted on Moodle