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  • 1. Geography 4 Physical Geography Section 67841 Tuesday 11:00-12:20 Professor Lisa Schmidt

2. Course Description

  • The goal of this course is to introduce students to basic concepts in physical geography
    • Since it is an introductory course, it is assumed students have little or no background in physical geography.

3. Course Description

  • Topics covered include: the atmosphere, atmospheric processes, weather, geographic patterns of climate, the biosphere, soil and vegetation processes, the hydrosphere, water in all its phases, the formation, modification, and geographic distribution of various landforms, and the lithosphere.
  • Emphasis is on the processes driving physical systems on Earth, interactions between physical systems, and human interaction with the physical environment.

4. Textbooks

  • Required
    • Physical Geography California Edition 2nd Ed.
      • McKnight and Hess
      • ISBN-13:978-0558585976
  • Required
    • Goodes World Atlas
      • ISBN 0-528-65000-3
    • Or any recent World Atlas that contains physical maps
  • Recommended
    • The Geography Coloring Book
      • Wynn Kapit
      • 978-0131014725

5. Alternate Text

  • You may also usePhysical Geography: A Landscape Appreciationby McKnight and Hess
    • 9 thedition
    • ISBN 978-0-13-223901-1

6. Required Materials

  • Internet Access
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Paper

7. Recommended Materials

  • Colored Pens or Pencils
    • For map studies

8. What is Geography?

  • The scientific study of the Earth's surface and its various climates, countries, peoples, and natural resources.

9. Fields of Geography

  • Human or Cultural Geography
    • Deals with social, economic, and behavioral processes
  • Physical Geography
    • Examines the natural processes occurring at Earths surface that provide the physical setting for human activities

10. Branches of Physical Geography

  • Biogeography
  • Climatology
  • Coastal Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Glaciology
  • Hydrology
  • Oceanography
  • Paleogeography

11. Branches of Human Geography

  • Cultural Geography
  • Developmental Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Medical Geography
  • Historical Geography
  • Political Geography
  • Population Geography
  • Demography
  • Transportation Geography
  • Urban Geography

12. What we will be studying

  • Four great physical realms or spheres of Earth
    • Atmosphere
      • The gaseous layer that surrounds the earth
    • Lithosphere
      • The outermost solid layer of the Earth
    • Hydrosphere
      • The liquid realm of the Earth
    • Biosphere
      • Encompasses all living organisms of the Earth

13. What we will be studying

    • The atmosphere
    • Atmospheric processes
    • Weather and Climate
    • The Biosphere
    • Soil
    • Vegetation
    • Hydrosphere
    • Tectonic Processes
    • Volcanic Processes

14. Tools Geographers Use

  • Maps
    • Paper representations of space showing point, line, or area data
      • Or more simply put, locations, connections, and regions
  • Remote Sensing
    • Aircraft or spacecraft provide images of earths surface
  • GIS or Geographic Information Systems
    • Powerful computer mapmaking software connected to data bases
  • Mathematical Modeling and Statistics
    • Used to understand natural and human phenomenon

15. Course Objectives

  • You will gain an understanding of the geographic perspective within natural and environmental sciences, including place, space, map scale, map projection, spatial connection, and spatial diffusion.
  • You will better understand how to use maps, in particular, the geographic distribution of natural phenomena.
  • You will learn about the four environmental spheres, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere, and how they interact across the surface of the Earth.In particular, you will learn the role of humankind within the environment.

16. Assignmentsand Grading Scale

  • 4 Exams 100 points each = 400 points
  • 14 Chapter Quizzes 10 points each = 140 points
  • 5 Map Quizzes 25 points each = 125 points
  • 1 Presentation/Video = 100 points
  • Random Points = 100 Possible
  • Total Points Possible = 865

Note : You must earn at least60% to pass this class.Youmay be dropped for falling below60%.Please refer to your syllabus. 17. Chapter Quizzes

  • There will be a quiz for each chapter in the textbook.
    • Quizzes will be posted on Moodle at the end of each chapter, check the class schedule.
    • Quizzes will be due one week after they are posted by 10:30 AM.
  • There will be 14 quizzes.
    • The format will be multiple choice, true/false, and or matching.
  • Quiz questions may be used on exams.
    • You will want to take notes from your quizzes and study them.

18. Exams

  • There will be four exams.
  • Exams will be given using Moodle.
  • The format will be multiple choice, true and false, and/or matching.
  • Each exam will be worth 100 points.
  • The final exam will be cumulative.
  • A study guide will be available for each exam.

19. Map Quizzes

  • We will study the physical features of Earth.
  • You MUST bring your atlas to class on map study nights.
  • Colored pens or pencils will be helpful.
  • You will have five map quizzes.
    • North America 25 points
    • South America 25 points
    • Europe 25 points
    • Asia 25 points
    • Africa 25 points
      • Total 125 points
      • Maps quizzes will be on Moodle too!

20. Presentation

  • You are required to give a presentation for this class.
  • You will be able to choose from a list of topics.
  • Presentations must be at least 5 minutes but no more than 10 minutes long.
  • Presentations may be done in groups or alone-groups require instructor approval.
  • You may make a video as an alternative-videos require instructor approval too.
  • See the class web site for paper details:
    • http://schmidtphysicalgeography.wikispaces.com/

21. Random Points

  • At any time a pop quiz, exit question, attendance check, or other activity may be given.Your attendance is necessary to receive these points.

22. Course Schedule 23. Course Schedule Part Two 24. Late Work and Exams

  • Late work will not be accepted.
    • Exams or quizzes missed on Moodle WILL NOT be reopened, don't ask.

25. Absences and Tardiness

  • I reserve the right to drop students who miss class twice.
    • If you have to miss class, you should stay in contact with me.
  • You may be dropped for excessive tardiness.
    • If you are going to be late, come in quietly and take a seat WITHOUT interrupting lecture.
    • Excessive tardiness is being more than five minutes late three times.
  • If you miss class, it is your responsibility to