Spanish Peaks, Colorado, as viewed in late spring from the north, looking south. Photo by Vince Cronin.
Home page for the Physical Geology Lab (Geo 1405 The Dynamic Earth)
The lab syllabus for all sections of Geology 1405 is available online at http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PhysGeoLab/Geo1405-LabSyllabus-Spring19.html
Links to websites used in the lab: http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/PhysGeoLab/LabLinks.html
Photos and information about geological specimens
||Lab-section text: Cronin [editor], 2017, AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology 11th edition: Pearson, 426 p.
You MUST PRINT your name LEGIBLY on the inside cover of your lab book.
General information about the lab
The laboratory teachers for this course are
- Marilyn Wisler (Marilyn_Wisler1@baylor.edu)
Tuesday, 12:30-2:30 PM (section A)
Thursday, 12:30-2:25 PM (section E)
- Alden Netto (Alden_Netto1@baylor.edu)
Tuesday, 3:30-5:30 PM (section B)
- Zequn Wu (Zequn_Wu1@baylor.edu)
Wednesday, 12:20-2:15 PM (section C)
Wednesday, 2:30-4:25 PM (section D)
and furthermore, ...
- Labs in the Spring Semester 2019 begin the week of January 22. The full lab schedule is listed on the lab syllabus.
- You are expected to attend and complete every assigned lab in this course. By Baylor University rules, you will flunk this course if you are absent for more than 25% of the labs. To be counted "present" for a lab, you must attend the entire lab and submit the required worksheets, quizzes, and (when assigned) homework.
- You need to bring your very own copy of the lab textbook to every lab meeting. You will write your responses to the lab exercises on the pages of that lab book, put your name on them, tear them out and submit them for credit at the end of the lab. No photocopies of the lab book will be accepted for credit.
- In addition to your laboratory manual, you will need to bring personal items such as a pencil, calculator, ruler with a metric (cm, mm) scale, and protractor.
- When you come into the lab room, you should put your coat, backpack, longboard or other paraphernalia that is not essential for the lab along the edges of the lab room. Keep the emergency exit clear.
- Try to sit in groups with people you have not yet met, and introduce yourself to anyone who is new to you. Don't just sit with folks you do know, even though that might be the most comfortable thing to do. Learning in college is more about allowing yourself to be uncomfortable and trying new things than about being comfortable and not challenging yourself.
- This lab is intended to function with a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, not competition. So if you are a little bit quicker to understand the material in a given lab activity, please take time to help others in your group who might need a hand. We are, in fact, "our brother's keeper," and each of us is responsible to help anyone around us who seems to be struggling and needs help.
- If YOU need help, please ask. Ask your group mates. Ask the TA. But DO ask.
- Your safety in this laboratory is your responsibility alone.
- If there are any health or safety concerns, or injuries sustained in the lab, you need to make the TA aware of them.
- Everyone seated at a given table is to work on the same activity at the same time, usually for about 20 minutes. You can and should talk with each other about the activity, but when it comes to filling-out the activity sheet the work you hand-in for credit must be your own work. In other words, you need to think about the activity and supply your own best answers. Do not simply get the answer from another student, and submit their answer as if it was your answer or the result of your work. Doing so would indicate a lack of personal integrity, and would violate Baylor's honor code.
- We will have a brief pre-lab quiz at the beginning of every lab session, so it is important for you to get to lab on time. The purpose of this pre-quiz is to assess whether you have prepared for this lab by reading the corresponding material in the lab book.
- We will have a brief post-lab quiz during the last 10 minutes of the lab period to see if you have understood the main points in the lab.
- Labs will take the entire 2-hour lab period.
- Your TA is your ally in this course, so seek his/her help if you need it. However, they are busy people who are also taking their own classes and conducting research, so be very protective of their time and don't abuse your access to them.
- If you have any problems related to this lab that your TA cannot help you with, please contact the lab coordinator at Vince_Cronin@baylor.edu, or drop by and see him in his cave (BSB E-441).
- Dr. Cronin is particularly interested in hearing from you about any aspects of the lab book that you find to be a problem: any explanations that are unclear, any activities that are difficult to understand, any obvious errors in the text (e.g., reference to an illustration that is mis-numbered, and so on). Send your editorial observations and opinions to Vince_Cronin@baylor.edu.
Mineral and Rock Quiz
- Copies of four 1-page identification tables (for minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks) are in the file Geo1405-Min&Rock-Tables.pdf (4.9 MB). These tables will be available to you during the quiz, but you should review them as you study for the quiz.
- This will be a closed-book, closed-note, closed-technology quiz. You will take the quiz without assistance from any other human -- this is not a group-work exercise. You will be permitted to refer to the ID tables provided to you by your TA before the quiz begins.
- There are 40 specimens in the quiz.
- You will have 2 minutes to work on each specimen during the initial part of the lab (80 minutes)
- You will be asked what type of solid the specimen is (mineral, igneous rock, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock, coal, glass)
- You will be asked its geologic name (e.g., granite, calcite)
- For most specimens, you will be asked another question about the specimen. For example, if the specimen is a mica mineral, you might be asked how many directions of cleavage it has. (As you know, it has one direction of cleavage.)
- If the specimen fizzes in dilute hydrochloric acid, that will be noted on the sample sheet.
- If the specimen tastes salty, that will be noted on the sample sheet.
- After the first part of the quiz is completed, you will be allowed to go back to any specimen that is not being viewed by another student, to check or complete your answers.
- When you are satisfied with your answers, you will turn-in your answer sheet and the ID tables that were provided for you to work with during the exam. Failure to turn-in the ID tables will result in a grade of zero for the quiz.
- There will be a brief questionnaire that we will ask you to complete at the end of the quiz. Your responses on the questionnaire will have no effect on your grade, but your input will be appreciated.
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