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  • 1. Physical Geography Geography 101 Professor Lisa Schmidt Section 39417 Wednesday 7:00-10:10 PM
  • 2. Welcome to Geography 101!
    • In this class you will learn the basic elements of geography.
    • We will study climate, landforms, water, soils, and native plants and animals.
    • We will examine the inter-relationships between these things and we will look at their patterns of distribution throughout the world.
  • 3. Textbooks
    • Required
      • Physical Geography California Edition
        • McKnight and Hess
    • ISBN 0-558-11417-2
    • Required
      • Goode’s 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
  • 4. Alternate Texts
    • You may use older editions of this book.
    • Details can be found here: http:// schmidtphysicalgeography.wikispaces.com /Textbooks
  • 5. Required Materials
    • Pencils
    • Pens
    • Paper
    • Internet Access
  • 6. Recommended Materials
    • Colored Pens or Pencils
      • For map studies
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. Course Objectives
    • By the end of this course you should be able to do the following:
      • Explain why we have seasons
      • Describe the function and composition of the atmosphere
    • Discuss the earth's hydrologic cycle
      • Describe the structure of the solid earth and relate it to phenomena such as earthquakes, mountain ranges and volcanoes
      • Evaluate the effects of the atmosphere and the hydrosphere on the lithosphere
      • Compare and contrast the earth's ecosystems
      • Identify various landforms
      • Be more geographically literate!
  • 9. Grading Scale
    • 3 Exams 100 points each = 300 points
    • 14 Chapter Quizzes 10 points each = 140 points
    • 5 Map Quizzes 25 points each = 125 points
    • 1 Presentation = 100 points
    • 100 Random Points=100 points
    • Total Points Possible = 765
    • 100-90% 765-688 A
    • 89-80% 687-612 B
    • 79-70% 611-535 C
    • 69-60% 534-459 D
    • 59-0% 458-0 F
    Note : You must earn at least 60% to pass this class. You may be dropped for falling below 60%. Please refer to your syllabus.
  • 10. Exams
    • There will be three exams.
    • You will need to log in to Blackboard for each exam.
    • The format will be multiple choice, true and false, and/or matching.
    • Each exam will be worth 100 points.
    • Exams will close at 6:30 on their due dates.