Earth Sciences 10: Geologic Principles, Winter 2019

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Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Andy Fisher

Amanda Donaldson

Natalie Glines


E&MS A209








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Office hours/locations:

Mon and Tue 11-12/E&MS A209

Mon 12-1/E&MS D250, Tue 10-11/E&MS A340

Tue 1:20-3:20/E&MS A170

Course hours: MWF, 2:40-3:45 pm
Course location: Thimann 1

Discussion Section hours, location (section is required for all students):

10A: Tue 5:00-6:00

E&MS D226

10C: Wed 10:30-11:30

NOTE: E&MS D236 (as of 1/7/19)

10B: Tue 6:15-7:15

E&MS D226

10D: Fri 1:00-2:00

E&MS D226

Please choose one of these discussion sections and stick with it for the quarter.

Sections begin during FIRST WEEK of classes!

NOTE: Geologic Principles Laboratory (Eart10L) is a separate, 1-credit option. This course is not required, but is highly recommended. Learn more about Geologic Principles Laboratory (Eart10L).

Course web site:

            login and password will be required – these will be provided in class

Assignments: regular reading before each presentation/discussion section, six homework exercises, due one week after being handed out, final presentation in section.

Exams (both closed-book):           

Midterm exam –Weds 2/13 (regular time)

Final exam - cumulative,Tue 3/19, 4:00-7:00 pm (time set by registrar, can not be changed)

Required text:      Marshak, 2018 (6th edition), Earth: Portrait of a Planet (great book!)
Note: You may use 5th edition, but I might not have references in notes and problem sets to the right page numbers and figures!

Calculator: Please bring a calculator to all discussion sections. Your calculator should be capable of displaying and using “scientific notation.” Ask for help if you are not sure what this means.

Expectations:You will be treated as responsible adults and are expected to offer the same courtesy to your instructor and teaching assistants. You may demonstrate that you deserve respect by (1) attending all presentations and discussion sections, (2) arriving on time and being prepared, (3) asking questions in class, section, and office hours, (4) completing the reading and being ready to discuss it, (5) completing and turning in all assignments on time, and (6) cooperating with your class colleagues in figuring out how to complete the homework, but turning in your own work.

Special Accomodations:UC Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your “Accommodation Authorization Letter” from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me directl or to my mailbox in the EPS office (E&MS A232) as soon as possible. Please also tell me how I/we can ensure your full participation in this course. If you have not already done so, please visit the DRC website (, make an appointment, and meet with a DRC staff, also available at: 831-459-2089 and

Dates/deadlines: You are expected to take examinations at the times listed above. Exceptions will be made only under extreme circumstances, generally arranged in advance. Missing an exam without prior arrangement and without appropriate justification will result in a score of zero for that exam – there will be no make-up exams or assignments. Discussion section problem sets must be turned in at the start of section during the following week. Late problem sets will have points deducted, as discussed by your TA at the first discussion section.

Learning Outcomes:

Grades/Evaluations based on:

40%            Discussion section attendance and assignments
25%            Midterm exam
35%            Final exam, plus occasional quizzes

Presentation quizzes:

            There may be occasional pop quizzes as part of the regular presentations. Those who are not present will lose all points associated with the quizzes.

Cheating:: Plagiarism and cheating of other types will be dealt with severely, beginning with a zero on the illegitimate test or assignment.  Such cases will also be referred to academic preceptors for possible additional action.


Presentation, Section, and Reading List
Subject to revision as the quarter progresses...


Presentation/Section topic(s)


Week 1
7 Jan – 11 Jan

1. Welcome and introduction: course overview, geology overview

2-3. Earth origins and structure

Discussion section #1: Units, Conversions, Significant Digits

Prelude and Chapter 1

Chapter 2

read handouts carefully, complete math evaluation

Week 2
14 Jan – 18 Jan


4-5. Minerals, Part 1, Part 2

Discussion section #2: Homework 1

6. Plate tectonics and the rock cycle, Part 1

Chapter 5


Chapter 3 (and skim 4)

Week 3
21 Jan – 25 Jan

MLK Day: 1/21

7. Plate tectonics and the rock cycle, Part 2

Discussion section #3: Homework 2

8. Igneous rocks, Part 1

Chapter 3 (and skim 4)


Interlude A, Chapter 6

Week 4
28 Jan – 1 Feb

9. Igneous rocks, Part 2

10. Sedimentary rocks

Discussion section #4: Homework 3

11. Metamorphic rocks

Chapter 6

Chapter 7 (skim Interlude B)


Chapter 8, Interlude C

Week 5
4 Feb – 8 Feb

12. Making mountains

13. Rock record and geologic time, Part 1

Discussion section #5:Review for Midterm

14. Rock record and geologic time, Part 2

Chapter 11

Chapter 12, Interlude E


Chapter 12, Interlude E

Week 6
11 Feb–15 Feb

15. Rivers and floods

Midterm Exam, 13 Feb (regular class time)

Discussion section #6: Homework 4

16. Oceans, currents, coasts, Part 1

Chapter 17, Interlude F


Covers material through: Rock record, geologic time

Chapter 18

Week 7
18 Feb - 22 Feb

Pres' Day: 18 Feb

17. Oceans, currents, coasts, Part 2

18. Groundwater

Discussion section #7: Homework 5

19. The atmosphere, climate

Chapter 18

Chapter 19


Chapter 20

Week 8
25 Feb - 1 Mar

20. Weather and Deserts

21. Glaciers and ice ages

Discussion section #8: Homework 6

22. Earthquakes, Part 1

Chapters 20 and 21

Chapter 22


Chapter 10

Week 9
4 Mar - 8 Mar

23. Earthquakes, Part 2

24. Global Tectonics

Discussion section #9: Presentations

25. Earth resources: energy and minerals

Chapter 10

Chapter 4 and Interlude D


Chapters 14 and 15

Week 10
11 Mar - 15 Mar

26. Earth history and climate change

27. Climate change

Discussion section #10: Presentations and Review

28. Review

Chapters 13 and 23

Chapter 23

Final Exam

Tue 3/19, 4:00-7:00 pm, Thimann 1

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