Instructor: Linda Khandro
This course provides an introduction to the Earth and the processes which shape our planet. A major theme of the course is how different aspects of the Earth system interact with each other. Selected topics in four basic areas: geology (the components of earth, the activity occurring where Earth's crustal plates interact, the changes that running water, wind and glaciers exert on the landscape, and the history of it all); oceanography (physical and chemical features and activities of our ocean), meteorology (the science of weather and climate), and astronomy (the objects and processes in our solar system, and the foundation of matter and life itself in the evolution of the universe) and their relation and interaction with the Earth system will be explored.
It is designed to be thorough enough to prepare you for more advance work, while presenting the concepts to non-majors in a way that is meaningful and not overwhelming. We will consider the course a success if you have learned how to think about the Earth and its environs critically in an organized, logical way, and to have enhanced your appreciation of the world around us.
WEEKLY LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
(Textbook chapters and outlines vary with different books but the content is the same)
In this course you will learn to
- Describe the components of the solid Earth ’s materials.
- Explain how water, wind and glaciers sculpt the Earth’s surface.
- Discuss plate tectonics: its history and the results of crustal motions.
- Describe earthquakes, volcanoes, and how mountains form.
- Discuss the facets of geologic time: history, evidence, and implications.
- Describe Earth’s ocean source, chemistry, and circulation.
- Explain how the atmosphere changes temperature and moisture.
- Explain how the atmosphere’s motions control climate and weather.
- Illustrate the solar system, its components, and its evolution.
- Explain the general outline of the evolution of the universe system.