Lecture 1 - Welcome to Geog 201: Geography of Environmental...

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Welcome to Geog 201: Geography of Environmental Systems Spring 2009 Co-taught by Chris Justice and Evan Ellicott Teaching Assistants: Mary LeeAnn King, Heather Sheffield, Carolyn Harf, Ryan Tolley Course Web Site: http://elms.umd.edu
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Course Components • Part 1. The Energy and Atmosphere System • Part 2. Weather, Water and Climate Systems • Part 3. Landforms and Geomorphology • Part 4. Biogeography Systems • Additional Material – Special Topics: Aerosols, Climate Change, Tropical Deforestation, Mountains, Forests
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Required 201 Textbook: Elemental Geosystems. Christopherson ISBN# 0131497022 Christopherson, Robert W. 5 th Edition (2007). Elemental Geosystems . Prentice Hall. ISBN# 0131015532 The 4 th edition may also be used during the spring semester, with some differences, especially figure numbers. CD’s that come with the book are helpful but not essential
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Guidance for 201 • There is no written homework for Geography 201 (as distinct from Geography 211). • Grades will be based on three midterms (each worth 20% of our grade) and a comprehensive final exam (worth 40%). • We may only give makeup exams in accordance with University of Maryland guidelines. • There is no formal attendance requirement, but it will be difficult to successfully complete the class without regular attendance. • It is important to read the assigned material, as given in the syllabus. This will greatly aid your understanding and retention. • A word of warning: this class moves very fast. The material is interesting and not particularly difficult; but there is a lot of it. • Whatever you do, do not get behind in the reading and do not defer your understanding of the concepts covered in class until exam time. • If you are struggling with a concept – see the TA’s • If you have questions feel free to ask the lecturers during office hours
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Office Hours Lecturers: Chris Justice and Evan Ellicott 1117 LeFrak Office Hours Tues/Thurs 12.15- 1pm Course Teaching Assistants: Heather Sheffield - hsheffie@umd.edu 2176 LeFrak Office Hours:Tues 2 – 3pm Carolyn Harf - chight@umd.edu
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Lecture 1 - Welcome to Geog 201: Geography of Environmental...

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