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1Earth Science 105Winter 2008New Textbook:Conceptual Physical Science, 4thed.Hewitt, Suchocki and HewittLab Manual:Earth Science 105 Lab ManualBy Western Oregon University Earth Science InstructorsKaren Brown• 3 years at Western Oregon University• 10 years previous college instructing• MS geochemistry, stratigraphy 1987• WOU Earth Science 100 series lab coordinatorEarth Science 105• Get textbook: there will be one or two in library on 2-hour reserve if you cannot afford to buy one at the bookstore• Attend class regularly• Do NOT miss lab: it is worth 25% of your grade, and you cannot pass the class if you get less than 60% of the lab points• Labs start next week, and meet weekly. Your lab instructor will give you a schedule and syllabus next week. This class• Meets twice per week: 9:30 to 10:50 AM or 3:30 to 4:50 PM. You may attend later lecture occasionally if you have unexpected conflicts.• Contact and grading information in the syllabus• Online syllabus has hyperlinks to the review questions, and catalog informationContact Information• Office hours:– Monday 8 to 9 AM– Tuesday 8 to 9:30 AM– Wednesday 3 to 4 PM– Thursday 2 to 3:30 PM• Drop in or phone during office hours• NS 213: – up the south stairs, 2nddoor on right • Phone 503-838-8265 (88265 on campus)Notice the sign on the office door!May also say• Gone See Schedule• Went for Coffee ETA• Downstairs Be Right Back• In NS017 Come Find Me• HERE Please Knock•Etc.2Emailing me: [email protected]• Please, please use the time of this class IN THE SUBJECT of the email– ES 105 TR 9:30• It helps orient me, and makes me be in a better mood.• Email if you know in advance if you will miss an exam, are having difficulties with course materials, have personal issues that make attending class difficult, are going on a road trip with a team, troupe, club, etc.I may email you• If you prefer an address other than the .wou address, send me a note this week from that other address, so I can change it on my spreadsheet• I may contact you if I notice you are missing class, have done poorly on an exam, or for good reasons too: to recommend you for department recognition, etc.• I recommend you reply so I know you got the note, and so we can resolve what ever it was that caused me to sent the noteResources• Your textbook: buy it, write your name in it, read it often—and pay attention when you are reading• Me: call, come by, or email• My website• Your lab instructor• Tutoring at the Learning Center• Peer Led Team LearningTextbook• Conceptual Physical Science, 4thEd. By Paul Hewitt, John Suchocki, and Leslie Hewitt, 2008: ISBN 13-978-0-321-51695-4• Review questions are there, • Textbook website access is also thereMy Website• www.wou.edu/~brownk• Lecture notes, copies of slide shows, keys to in-class activities, midterms, review questions, extra credit opportunities• Online syllabus with hyperlinks to review questionsYour lab instructor• Start lab next week• Bring your lab manual, your textbook, and a calculator to every lab: your cell phone is not appropriate—get a scientific calculator that does sine, cosine and square root!!• Lab is intended to give you hands-on experience with the material I present in lecture3Tutoring Center• Make an appointment– APS 401– call 503-838-8428 – Email [email protected]• Tutors: get to know them early in the term– Teresa, Dallas, Avery• In the AALC (across the street)Peer Led Team Learning•PLTL• ES105x• CRN 21016 • Day, time and location to be arranged• Teresa Trump?Grading• Three exams: – two 50 point midterms – one 125 point final• Three sets of review questions: – due on exam days, – worth 15 points each• In-class activities/homework exercises:– 10 will count toward your grade, – at least 12 will be offered, – 3 points each• Lab is 25% of total grade, – you have to pass lab– Your lab instructor will give me your percent, and I will use that as 100 points toward your final gradeExams• Midterms on January 24 and February 21• Final on March 18, and will be comprehensive• Bring a scantron, a pencil and a calculator• Expect some multiple choice, true/false, matching, and diagrams on the scantron• There will be a page of exercises, problems and short-answer responsesMissing exams• If you know in advance, contact me as soon as you know so we can make arrangements for you to take it at another time• If you miss one due to an emergency situation, you must have some written verification of the event for you to get consideration to take the exam lateReview questions• Get a LARGE BLUE BOOK or two when you buy your textbooks• Do the review questions weekly, or more often, instead of waiting until the night before they are due• Write in independent statements, so the Blue Book is a stand-alone study guide• Each set is due on each exam day• No late review questions will be accepted4In-class activities/homework handouts• There will be many of these, and more than count toward the 30 points available as part of your final grade• They cannot be made up outside of class: you need to be here to get the points• They are good examples of exam questions, or note-taking techniques• Occasional extra credit opportunities can offset missing a few of theseThe structure of the class• Unit 1 will be physics: mass, motion, gravity, satellites, landslides• Unit 2 will be chemistry: atoms, reactions, compounds, acids and bases, fuels• Unit 3 will be geology: weathering, streams, sediments, sedimentary rocks, fuel deposits, energy resourcesNature of Science• Gather knowledge• Organize it•Test itAdvances in Science• Greece 2500 years ago across Mediterranean world• East Asian astronomy 1500 years ago• West Asian mathematics, manufacturing glass, paper, metals and chemicals 1000 years ago• Copernicus proposed Earth orbits Sun ~500 years agoMath and Conceptual Science• Science is expressed in mathematical terms• Unambiguous• Easier to verify or disprove by experiment when expressed by mathScientific Method• Observe• Question• Predict•Test• Conclude5Scientific Attitude• Fact: close agreement about same phenomenon• Hypothesis: educated guess• Law or principle: tested hypothesis• Open mind: change concept of law or principle when contradicting information is found• Single verifiable experiment outweighs authority, regardless of


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