General Course Information
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Text: Earthís Dynamic Systems, 8th ed. by Hamblin and Christiansen
Grades: Grades are based on written assignments, the discussion section, one midquarter exam, and a final exam. Each is worth the following percentage of your final grade:
Midquarter exam 20%
Final exam 30%
Written Assignments 25%
Discussion sections 25%
Exams will consist of about half short-answer and half multiple choice. The final exam will be cumulative. If your final exam score is higher than your midterm, I will use the final exam score for both.
Written Assignments are crucial to understanding the material.Short essays: I will assign four short (<300 words) throughout the quarter and will grade them on a check, check +, check - basis. All together, they are worth 10% of your grade. If you receive at least a check on all but one of the assignments, you will receive all 10%. For every check- beyond one, youíll lose 1.5 points off the total. Missing homework equals 2 check -; a check+ cancels a check-.
Longer essay: Due Friday, March 3. By itself, this assignment is worth 15% of your grade. It can be on any topic covered in the class, including those on which youíve already written short essays. This essay must contain a reference list, should contain illustrations, and be between 500-750 words long.
Note: All assignments should be typed. However, if the computers or printers crash, you may write it by hand--neatly. For full credit, homework must be handed in on time. I will accept late papers only if you contact me or leave a message at least a day before it is due.Discussion Sections meet once a week, beginning with week 1. They provide an essential part of the course.
Field Trips There will be 3 optional field trips for this course. More information to follow, but you will need to bring your own lunch food, warm clothing, and for the overnight trip, camping gear.