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Intro geogbcc2010

  1. 1. Welcome to Physical Geography Rita Haberlin
  2. 2. While You Wait …..  Introduce yourself to a student that you do not already know  Discuss with that student some answers to the following questions – Why are you taking this class? – Have you taken any other geography classes? – What else takes up your time? – Are you hoping to transfer? – What is your major?
  3. 3. Purpose of Today’s Class:  Introduce physical geography  Providebasic information about A the course
  4. 4. What is Geography? Discussion
  5. 5. Some Myths About Geography Myth #1: Geographers memorize pointless facts about the world. What’s the longest river in the world? How high is Mount Everest?
  6. 6. Myth #2. Geography is all about maps and globes
  7. 7. Myth #3: With a degree in geography, all you can do is---- Most geography Teach graduates (90%) don’t go into education - they work for business and government
  8. 8. The Reality about Geography Geography studies the physical world, human interactions, and environmental issues. It is a spatial discipline. It uses the scientific method to understand the world. California-Mexico border
  9. 9. What is Geography? (continued)  Geography asks the questions; Where, Why, and Why Should I care?
  10. 10. Why Study Geography?  Geography has been neglected in U.S. Education leaving citizens geographically illiterate – Yet the United States is linked to the whole world  Discuss how? – economically – environmentally – politically
  11. 11. The Branches of Geography  Physical geography studies how the physical Human environment works Geography  Human geography includes, cultural, economic, political, Regional and historical aspects of place Geography  Regional geography studies all aspects of a region Physical Geography
  12. 12. What is Geography? (continued) Cultural geography focuses on people Physical geography focuses on the physical environment
  13. 13. What is Physical Geography?  Physical geography studies the processes at work in the physical environment in order to understand the earth as the home of people
  14. 14. Physical Geography and Other Natural Sciences  Why physical science credit?  Geography is the mother of the sciences.  What are the sciences which have evolved from study of the natural environment
  15. 15. Physical Geography and the Natural Sciences  Rocks and Landforms  Geology  Clouds and fog - weather  Meteorology  Grass and trees -vegetation  Botany  Oceans and waves  Oceanography  Water resources  Hydrology  Sun  Astronomy  Soils  Pedology  Ecosystems  Ecology
  16. 16. Physical Geography examines the impact of people upon the environment.
  17. 17. How do people impact the environment? Agriculture Urbanization Deforestation Dam building River diversion Air Pollution Global warming Loss of habitat
  18. 18. Physical Geography Examines the Impact of Natural Hazards
  19. 19. 2005 1995
  20. 20. Where is the safest place to live?
  21. 21. What Natural Hazards Occur in California?  Earthquakes and Tsunami  Volcanoes  Coastal Erosion  Flooding  Landslides and Mudflows  Wildfires  Subsidence  Hurricanes and Tornadoes  Winter Storms
  22. 22. Course Information  How are you evaluated? – Frequent quizzes or in-class exercises – Assignments – in class and homework – Two midterms and a final – Class participation
  23. 23. What Do You Need? Textbook: "Elemental Geosystems by Robert Christopherson Thick Binder Access to the Web Study Guide #2 Pencil for Scantron Scantron Quizzstrips and Long 882 Scantrons
  24. 24. Online Study Aids  Use Access code from textbook – Choose text: Elemental Geosystems  Web Learning Modules and Practice Quizzes  Moodle –  Login using Passport User ID, e.g.12345678  Password – Login password. e.g. John Dart = joda5678
  25. 25. Learning Modules htm Assignment. Please go to this address and explore the learning modules. Read the course information and expect to answer questions about the way the course works in the next class
  26. 26. Study groups or study buddy  Study techniques - classroom research  Repetition-repetition-repetition