GEO 2200  PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY 
Weekly Schedule
Instructor: Jose F. LONGORIA 


NOTE: GEO 2200 requires time and discipline. Students in this class need to: (1) follow the instructions given at the beginning of the term; (2) do the browsing for specific activities, and (3) devote time to read the posted materials in the website. Consequently this course requires time so if you are busy, or overloaded with courses, or have a busy personal schedule, or plan to travel during the semester, or if you feel you will learn better in a face-to-face (traditional) modality you may not be suited to a course like this, if you have to make a change do it now.  The first two weeks of the semester are programmed to give students time to become familiarized with the way these asynchronous / hybird courses are conducted and to become used to the Web site. 

Work for the frist two weeks of the semester is devoted to getting students familiar with teaching/learning style of the course and for students gaining acquaintance with the online procedures used in this course, which will be strictly followed during the semester.  The sooner you start the sooner you will be prepared for the semester!


 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

SECTION 0: Habilitation
Week 1, 8/27 - 9/1
Introduction || Course Setup || Headcount
Organization and expectations: Access Codes; Student Learning Agreement (Narrative, assignment 0, assignment 1); Acknowledging Syllabus; Participation Forum Entry; Record your study  session

SECTION I: Foundations Introduction to Earth 
Week 2, 9/2 - 9/8 
1.1. Solar System Formation ch 1- Assignment 1
Week 3,9/9 - 9/15 
1.2. Portraying Earth, ch 2 - Assignment 2
 

Week 5,2/23 - 9/29
2.2 Insolation and Temperature, ch 4 - Assignment 4
Week 6,9/30 - 10/6
2.3. Pressure and Wind, ch 5- Assignment 5
EXAM 1: 10/5
Week 7,10/7 - 10/13 
2.4 Transient Atmospheric Flows and Disturbances, ch 7- Assignment 6
2.4.1 Hurricanes
2.4.2 Tornados
2.4.3 Lightning
NOTE:THE FOUR topics (6,7,8, AND 9) in one set of ablilities.
Week 8, 10/14 - 10/20 
2.5 Climatic Zones and Types, ch 8 Assignment 7
2.5.1 Drought/Desertification || The Topography of Arid Lands, ch18

SECTION III: The Hydrosphere
Week 9, 10/21 - 10/27
3.3 Atmospheric Moisture, ch 6 -Assignment 8
3.4 The Hydrological Cycle, ch 9
3.5 Fluvial Processes, ch 16

Week 10, 10/28 - 11/3
3.6 Solution Processes: Karst Topography, ch. 17- Assignment 9
3.7  Coastal Processes, ch 20
 

SECTION IV: The Biosphere  Assignment 10
Week 11, 11: 11/4 - 11/10
4.1 Cycles and Patterns in the Biosphere ch.10
4.2 Terrestrial Flora and Fauna, ch 11 ||  Forest Fires
4.3 Biosphere

EXAM 2: 11/9

Week 12,12: 11/11 -11/17:
FIELD WORK-Scientific Conference: NO CLASSES
Week 13, 13: 11/18 - 11/24:
Thanksgiving: No Classes

SECTION V:  The Lithosphere
Week 14, 11/25 - 12/15.1 
Surface Processes - Assignment 11
5.1.1. Erosion: Weathering, ch 15  Assignment 12
5.1.2. Soils, ch 12 
5.1 Surface Processes - 
5.2. Landform Study, ch 13
5.3  Mass Wasting, ch 15
 Week 15, 12/2 - 12/6
5.4. The Internal Processes, ch 14 Assignment 13
5.4.1. Plate Tectonics 
5.4.2. Volcanism 
5.4.3. Diastrophism 
5.4.4. Faulting
Week 16,12/9 - 12/15 Finals Week 

EXAM  3: 12/14, 9:45 - 12:30
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