EPS 102 Lecture 1

EPS 102 Lecture 1 - EPS 102 Lecture 1 Tuesday 01-21-2009...

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EPS 102 Lecture 1 Tuesday 01-21-2009 Housekeeping : Lectures will be posted as PDF files after the lectures. Raymond Jeanloz (jon-low) and Bruce Buffett are teaching the course. Kate Fletcher is the GSI. 4 units. Includes the origin of life, and where things are going in the future. “Tools and stories,” stories like the stories of the earth/universe. To understand these stories we use tools: how do we determine the age of a rock? Short writing will be asked like memos and abstracts. Some calculus is involved, like derivatives and integrals, vectors all which are one dimensional. Textbook used is by Bill White: Geochemistry . Only half of the book will be assigned. Weekly homework is assigned which are preparation for exams due in class on Thursdays. 2 midterm exams: feb 26 th , and apr 9 th in class. The midterms are written to be completed in 45 minutes. Practice questions are provided before the midterms and final. These are not put word for word in the exams. Investigating in the class: what the age o f the earth/solar system and how they are determined, genomic evidence for the existence of life, impact processes like the dinosaur cretaceous/tertiary extinction 65 million years ago. A semester project which will be a 5 page paper with 5 references on something related to the class. A presentation under 2 minutes will be required. Writing in the course and on the exams will need to be 1 or 2 sentences. Lectures are intended to inform on the details in the readings. 45% is homework= have to be in on time, 10% per midterm, and 15% for the final exam, 15% for the project, and 5% cushion. Overview of Class: We are embedded within the hydrosphere=oceans mostly, atmosphere, etc… We will look quantitatively, for example, looking at the distribution of elements on our planet. 1/3 of the planet is iron mostly in the core, 1/3 is oxygen because most minerals are silicates or oxides, standing on solid rock is like standing on oxygen. The crust of the earth has a different composition. There is a lot of oxygen, mostly
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