Dr. Juan M. Lorenzo
Department of Geology and Geophysics
Tuesday and Thursday
910 a.m. -10.30 a.m.
Old Howe-Russell Building Room 130
Room 215 (Old Howe-Russell Building)
Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment
For appointments and all correspondence
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: email@example.com
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
* Geology minor available
Ch. 1 Modern Theory and Practice of Geology
Tue 25 Ch. 2 Plate Tectonics Thu 27 id.
Ch. 3 Minerals and Rocks
Ch. 4 Igneous Rocks
Not all "granite" counter-tops are made of granite
Ch. 5 Sedimentary Rocks
Midsemester exam 1
Ch. 6 Metamorphic Rocks Class notes .ppt
Mardi Gras Break
Ch 13 Earthquakes
Thu 17 Eq. wave movie
Ch. 7 Deformation
Mid-semester grades due 22 March
Thu 31 Midsemester Exam 2
Ch. 8 Geologic Time Class notes
Ch. 9 Early Solar System History
Martian rocks (image)
Stardust Comet Mission (NASA)
Lectures Tue 3
Ch. 18 Stream Transport
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.
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