SLO’s• Physical Geography laboratory provides thestudent with experience in investigation andinterpretation of the physical environment. Uponcompletion of this course you will be able to:• 1. Analyze earth-sun relationships and describehow they affect daylight, seasons, and time forvarious place on earth.• 2. Define weather data, interpret a weather mapand use weather instruments to collect andrecord data about local temperature, humidity,pressure and wind conditions.
SLO’s• 3. Analyze the characteristics of differentclimate categories and describe the unique floraand fauna of each.• 4. Identify the characteristics of landforms androcks that relate to specific tectonic andmagmatic processes.• 5. Find location using the global grid of latitudeand longitude and be able to utilize GPStechnology.• 6. Identify landforms created by the erosion ofwater, wind and ice and describe thecharacteristics of each.
What to expect1. Each class will consist of a short explanation of the labexercise for the day and time in class to complete eachassignment.2. All labs, except LAB SIX, will come from the GEOSWorkbook. You must bring the GEOS workbook toclass.3. Students will be required to complete the worksheets inthe lab book, and then submit the answers onBlackboard.4. Labs must be completed on Blackboard by 9:45 AM oneweek after they are assigned.5. Exams will consist of problems like lab worksheets andwill also be given using Blackboard.
Grading• 10 labs @ 50 points each = 500 points• 2 exams @ 100 points each = 200• 100 Random Participation Points• Total possible points = 800• A 100-90%**800-720• B 89-80%**719-640• C 79-70%**639-560• D 69-60%**559-480• F 59-0%**479-0NOTE: You must earn at least 60% of thepoints possible in order to pass this class.I reserve the right to drop you from theclass at any time your grade drops below60% of the total points possible.
Course ObjectivesPhysical Geography laboratory provides the student with experience ininvestigation and interpretation of the physical environment. Upon completion ofthis course the student will be able to understand the global grid of latitude andlongitude, our system of time, be able to analyze topographic maps, understandearth-sun relationships as they affect daylight, seasons, and time, understandthe seasonal movement of angle and duration of solar insolation and how itaffects temperatures on earth, understand how temperature is affected byspecific variables relating to a region, understand how heat energy is transferredthrough various processes, understand how moisture is transferred as waterchanges phases, understand how differences in pressure occur and result inwind, understand the driving forces in the atmosphere, understand manyinterrelationships within the earths weather patterns, climate, vegetation and soildistributions, tectonic and gradational forces.
Late Work and Missed Exams• Late work will not be accepted.Labs are due on their stateddue dates and will not beaccepted late. Exams will begiven using Blackboard andwill be open for seven days,there is no excuse to miss anexam.
Absences and Tardiness• I reserve the right to drop studentswho miss class twice. If you have tomiss class, you should stay incontact with me. You may bedropped for excessive tardiness. Ifyou are going to be late, come inquietly and take a seat WITHOUTinterrupting lecture. Excessivetardiness is being more than fiveminutes late three times. Directionsfor completing lab worksheets will begiven at the beginning of class andWILL NOT be repeated.
Extra Credit• There may be some extra creditopportunities. These will be given in classand your attendance is required to takeadvantage of them.
E-mailing Assignments• Assignments will NOT be accepted bye-mail. If you cannot make it to class,take your assignment to my mailboxwhich is located in Liberal Arts Buildingwhere the faculty offices are.Assignments can also be taken to theswitchboard operator, located inbuilding 53. If assignments are takento the switchboard operator, I will notreceive them immediately, so youshould contact me and let me knowthat they have been taken there.
Dropping• If you wish to drop this course, you mustdo so formally. Not dropping the coursewill likely result in an F.
Random Participation Points• At any time I may give a popquiz, an in-class assignment,or perhaps a second rollafter the break. Theseactivities or assignmentsWILL not be announced inadvance and your presencein class is required in orderto receive these points.
Graded Work• It is your responsibility to pick up yourgraded work. Graded work will be held for30 days after the last day of class andthen recycled. It is highly recommendedthat you keep your graded work until finalgrades are submitted.
Academic Honesty• Cheating of any sort will be reported to thedean. Please refer to the college*s policyon academic honesty.
Cell Phones/Texting• Using a cell phone while inclass is distracting to yourclassmates and inappropriate.Cell phones should be turnedto silent mode while in class. Ifyou absolutely have to useyour phone during class, gooutside.
Blackboard• Blackboard will be used during thiscourse. You must access Blackboard tosubmit your labs EACH week and for yourexams. You can access blackboard athttp://vvc.blackboard.com
Class Web Page• A web page has been created for yourclass. You will find all of the class powerpoints, study guides, and more postedthere. You may access the web page at:http://schmidtvvclab.wikispaces.com
Disabled Students Programs andServices• If you have, or think you have adisability which may interfere withyour ability to perform in this class,please speak with me immediatelyand please contact the DisabledStudents Programs and ServicesOffice at (760) 245-4271 ext, 2212,or stop by their office located inbuilding 50. There is help available.
Contacting Me• The best way to reach me is by e-mail atLisa.Schmidt@Chaffey.edu.
Note About Schedule and Topics• All dates, topics, point totalsand assignments aretentative. I reserve the rightto make changes as theymay become necessarythroughout the semester.Should you happen to missclass, it is your responsibilityto obtain information aboutand any changes.
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What is Geography?• The scientific study of the Earths surfaceand its various climates, countries,peoples, and natural resources.
Fields of Geography• Human or CulturalGeography– Deals with social, economic,and behavioral processes• Physical Geography– Examines the naturalprocesses occurring at Earth’ssurface that provide thephysical setting for humanactivities
Branches of Human Geography• DevelopmentalGeography• Economic Geography• Medical Geography• TransportationGeography• Urban Geography• Cultural Geography• Historical Geography• Political Geography• PopulationGeography• Demography
Tools Geographers Use• Maps– Paper representations of space showingpoint, line, or area data• Or more simply put, locations,connections, and regions• Remote Sensing– Aircraft or spacecraft provide images ofearth’s surface• GIS or Geographic Information Systems– Powerful computer mapmaking softwareconnected to data bases• Mathematical Modeling and Statistics– Used to understand natural and humanphenomenon
What we will bestudying…• 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