Geology 100: Planet Earth
Tsunami surges over massive seawall in northeastern Japan on
March 11, 2011 (Reuters/Miyako City Office and Toru Hanai)
"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change
Will Durant, philosopher & historian
Welcome to the Geology 100 home page. Planet Earth is offered each semester by
the Department of
Geology at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign . It is an introductory
course that covers earth resources, natural hazards and
development of landscapes and that provides a context for
understanding the concept of environmental change.
Textbooks - Purchase or Reserve Reading Options
Essentials of Geology (5th
ed.) by Marshak (2016) - There are several ways
you can obtain this textbook: 1) You can purchase the
Essentials of Geology textbook from one of the
local bookstores (IUB and TIS). IUB offers an online
price comparison service at the following URL: <http://illini.verbacompare.com/comparison?id=583537>.
2) You can purchase the textbook (paperback,
loose-leaf, or Ebook) directly from the publisher,
Norton at the following URL: <http://books.wwnorton.com/books/webad-detail-editions.aspx?id=4294990648>.
3) You can purchase or even rent the textbook through
a variety of online vendors by searching the Internet.
4) You can go to Grainger
Engineering Library (1301 W. Springfield Ave.,
Urbana) and read the copy of the textbook that is on
reserve there. Grainger Engineering Library is open
from 10 am Sunday to midnight Friday and 10 am to
Planet Earth Discussion Guide (23rd
ed.) by Marshak, Long, and Altaner (2016) - This
textbook must be purchased from one of the local
bookstores (IUB and TIS) because it is not available
online. Although one copy of this textbook is on
reserve in Grainger Engineering Library, you will need
to make copies of the Lab and Homework exercises if
you use that copy on reserve.
i>clicker Policy and i>clicker
student response system is used in the Lecture class
meeting of this course. i>clicker helps Prof.
Altaner to understand what you know and gives
everyone a chance to participate in class. As
described below, you will receive extra credit based
on your participation and performance on
i>clicker questions in class. I will NOT use
i>clicker to keep track of attendance because
your attendance in Lecture class, although strongly
encouraged, is voluntary. You can use any of the
following i>clicker models:
The mobile application, REEF Polling by i>clicker
will NOT be allowed in GEOL 100.
Beginning on Aug. 29, between 3 - 5
i>clicker questions will be asked each day in
Lecture class. You will receive 0.1% point added to
your total percentage score if you answer all or all
but one of the i>clicker questions for that class
and 0.05% point if you get at least two of them
correct. Assuming 26 class periods involving
i>clicker questions, that means you can earn up
to 3.9% of extra credit added to your total
percentage score. Because points from i>clicker
questions are for extra credit only, no credit is
given if a student does not attend class (with or
without an official University excuse), forgets
his/her i>clicker, has an i>clicker
malfunction, or has to arrive to class late or to
leave early. i>clicker points for the week will
be posted in the Illinois
Compass 2g Grade Center every Friday. If your
i>clicker is not registering, contact Prof.
immediately. We're unable to retroactively change
i>clicker points and so the sooner the issue is
resolved the better.
To register your i>clicker, go to the GEOL 100
Illinois Compass 2g Web site and click
on i>clicker registration on the left
side, and then follow instructions from there. Do
NOT register your i>clicker on the iclicker.com
Web site; if you do, we won’t be able to match
your responses with your name and you will NOT
receive any credit for i>clicker questions.
Bringing a fellow student’s i>clicker to class
and voting for them is cheating and violates the University
Student Code. If you are caught with a remote
other than your own or have votes in a class that
you did not attend, you will forfeit all clicker
points and may face additional disciplinary action.
You can view Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
about i>clicker policy in GEOL 100 by reading FAQ
#35-50. You can read much more information
about i-clickers such as how to use your
i>clicker and i>clicker battery life at the
following Web site: http://support.iclicker.com
Please do NOT attend GEOL 100 class if you are sick,
especially with flu-like symptoms such as a fever of 100° or
higher, cough, sore throat, body aches and possibly diarrhea
or vomiting. You should STAY HOME until 24 hours after your
temperature returns to normal (98.6°) without taking any
fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin.
If you miss Discussion class due to illness,
then you will be allowed to make up the Discussion, assuming
that you follow either the Preferred or Alternate procedures
described under Make-up Policy at: <http://classes.geology.illinois.edu/16FallClass/geo100/100_discussion.html
If you are sick when an exam is given, then you will be
allowed to take a make-up exam without any penalty, assuming
that you contact Prof. Altaner BEFORE the exam date. See FAQ #6
advice on catching up after missing Lecture class.
Planet Earth is taught by Prof.
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Please report any problems to Ann Long