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Eart146: Groundwater
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This website is NOT being used for Eart146 in Spring 2021. Instead, we are using Canvas.

2/15/21 Accessing the main Eart146 textbook

For those considering taking Eart146 in Spring 2021, it will help if you sort some options in advance to make sure you can access the textbook beginning in the first week of Spring 2021.

- The main textbook for this class will be:
Hiscock and Bense, 2014, Hydrogeology: Principles and Practice, 2nd ed.
You might be happy working with an electronic version of the book…or perhaps you are like me and prefer to read from hard copy. The choice is yours, and a used copy of this useful book is likely to cost about $30-60. This book is available for purchase new and used, in hardback and paperback editions. Please check for options on: Amazon, Abe Books, Barnes and Noble, and eBay. There are likely to be additional vendor options, just do a general search in your browser. Please make sure you get the second (2nd) edition!

- This book is available electronically from the vendor (by purchase) and from the UCSC Library (free to UCSC students). There are a few steps needed to access the electronic book through the library if you are off campus.

- Off-campus library access for main Eart146 textbook.
From off-campus, you may need to establish a VPN or OCA Proxy connection for the UCSC library. Instructions for off-campus library access:
FYI, I found that the VPN using Cisco AnyConnect Client works well with my home computer.

Once you are connected to the UCSC library (with or without VPN, depends on your situation):
- Go to the UCSC library website, find the main catalog. Search for these keywords:
"Hiscock Bense Hydrogeology book"
- From the list of results, choose the book itself (not articles that are reviews of the book).
There should be two versions available (hard copy and online)
- Choose the Online version, link for: Available Online
- Under View Online, look for "Ebrary UCSC subscribed collection" Choose this link or the "popout" arrow to the right. That should open a new window.
- The new window is ProQuest Ebook Central. This is the environment for accessing one set of eBooks through the UCSC library.
- Choose the blue button to the left, ReadOnline. This loads and displays the book.
From here, you can access the book, complete reading, etc.
- I found it helpful to "download" the book so I could read it from a separate application, Adobe Digitial Editions (ADE). Note: ADE is not the same as Adobe Acrobat.
- Go to a new search window and find/download ADE for your selected platform. You can view the book in Windows, MacOS, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc. That said, a bigger screen will be easier to use.
- Back in the Ebook Central window, choose the icon from the horizontal list above the book to the left, looks like a tray with a down-arrow above it. Click this icon to download the book. Alternatively, you can choose the upper icon to the left of the book, then choose blue button for Full Download.
- You will be asked to sign in with your UCSC Gold ID.
- Select your platform, verify you have installed ADE, then download.
- Although it may appear that you are offered a PDF of the book, you are not. Instead, you will get a file with numbers like: 1673290.ascm. This is the ADE file. Let your computer put this where it belongs and open into ADE.
- The ADE interface allows navigation using the menu to the left. There is a search function. And you can print (hard copy or to PDF) a limited number of pages. FYI, you can also download a limited number of pages directly to PDF from the main Ebook Central window. But you can't get the entire book this way. 

- FYI, there is also an online reading list ("virtual reader") for Eart146, including research papers, reports, and chapters from textbooks other than the one we will use as the main text. You need the main textbook.

2/15/21 Initial Eart146 update for Spring 2021

Preparation is underway for Eart146 in Spring 2021!

At this time, this website is NOT fully updated - most of the information on linked pages for this class is still from Spring 2020. Please proceed with caution!

It seems likely at this point that the website for Eart146 will be run through Canvas in Spring 2021, and the class will be "semi-flipped" with many (most?) of the presentations prerecorded for viewing by students, and the class used more for discussion, completion of homework, and labwork.

The textbook for Eart146 in Spring 2021 is to be: Hiscock and Bense, 2014, Hydrogeology: Principles and Practice, 2nd ed. This is a good textbook, relatively comprehensive and worth having as a reference. There are several options for accessing the book, as described here. If you plan to take Eart146 in Spring 2021, please sort out how you will access the main text in advance of the start of Spring 2021. this will help to assure that you don't fall behind on initial reading assignments.

Welcome to Eart146, Groundwater, Spring 2021

Course Overview: Eart146, Groundwater, is a quantitatively demanding class covering saturated and unsaturated fluid flow, well hydraulics, resource evaluation and development, an introduction to modeling, field techniques, geochemistry, and contaminant transport and remediation. The class comprises 3.5 hours of lecture and one three-hour lab session per week. Students are assessed on the basis of nine home work assignments, nine laboratory exercises, a field trip, midterm and final examinations, a final paper, and preparation for and participation in class and lab sessions.

Sorry, no auditing - please enroll if you want to participate in this class. The first class meeting is Monday, 3/29, 1:20 pm. Because of Covid-19, we will be holding class remotely using Zoom. I have not yet updated connection information for participation via Zoom, but will do so before classes begin.

A note about expectations for Eart146
It is expected that participants in this class are comfortable using calculus and capable of understanding differential equations (which you should be if you are comfortable with calculus). You need to have this level of understanding in order to manipulate the equations and and benefit from concepts used throughout the class. In addition, the workload in Eart146 is high and sustained. Each week there is considerable assigned reading, a problem set, and a lab exercise. Enrolled students are expected to complete all of the reading and turn in all of the assignments. The lab is not a separate 1- or 2-credit course, mainly so that lab grades can count along with overall class (homework, test) grades, but it is equivalent to 1-2 credits worth of work. Eart146 also satisfies part of the Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement, having a techinical report that is graded, reviewed, and graded again. The expectation at UCSC is that students will spend about two hours outside of class and lab for every one in class completing assignments and studying. This means that you should be prepared to spend about 15 hours/week focused on Eart146. I mention this not to frighten people away, but to make sure that all Eart146 students are prepared to work hard and excel - we have a lot of turf to cover in a single quarter, and you should not take the class unless you are ready and will have enough time.

Two more important notes:

(1) In the past I have had students enroll in Eart146 in order to have a full class schedule and make sure they secured financial aid, then drop the class in Week 2. This is an unfair use of a slot in a highly impacted class, and it can prevent someone else from accessing the class (because it is very hard for someone to get caught up after the first week). If you are enrolled in Eart146 mainly to maintain full-time status, and you do not intend to fully engage in the class, please drop now and select a different "place holder" class. We need to fill every seat in Eart146 with a student who wants to be a real participant.
(2) Whether you plan to take Eart146 for a grade or P/NP, all students in Eart146 are expected to complete all of the assignments and attend all of the classes and labs, regardless of the grading rubric. Even when UCSC students received narrative evaluations in lieu of letter grades, the expectation was that all students would be fully engaged, attend all classes/labs, and complete all assigned work. Taking the class P/NP does not mean you can do 2/3 of the work and expect to pass - you will not.

Some history: during most of the 2000s, I taught Eart116 (Hydrology) and Earth146 (Groundwater) at UCSCin alternating years. Now that Margaret Zimmer is covering Hydrology, I can focus on Groundwater, and we can offer both classes in each year. This should allow us to better keep up with demand for these popular courses.

Please watch this space for announcements and other news...

Eart146 syllabus

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