Spanish Peaks, Colorado, as viewed in late spring from the north, looking south. Photo by Vince Cronin.
Resources 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/1405LabSylSpring2017.html
General information about the lab
The laboratory teachers for this course are
- Matthew Strasser (Matthew_Strasser@baylor.edu)
♦ Tuesday, 12:30-2:30 PM
♦ Tuesday, 2:40-4:40 PM
♦ Thursday, 2:40-4:40 PM
- Adam Davis (Adam_Davis1@baylor.edu)
♦ Wednesday, 2:30-4:30 PM
♦ Wednesday, 4:40-6:40 PM
♦ Thursday, 12:30-2:30 PM
and furthermore, ...
- You need to bring your very own copy of the lab textbook to the second lab meeting, the week of September 14-18, and to all subsequent meetings. 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.
- 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, 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 copy the responses of any other student.
- We will have a brief pre-lab survey at the beginning of every lab session. The content of your responses will not be graded, except to the extent that we require you to do your best and answer questions as well as you can. This isn't something that you need to study for. The pre-lab survey will be conducted at the beginning of lab each week, so it is important for you to get to lab on time.
- 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 misnumbered, and so on). Send your editorial observations and opinions to Vince_Cronin@baylor.edu.
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