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1 Intro-ATM_Fa09 - SORRY, NO FORCES. This class is full and...

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GEOG 1104 Introduction to Physical Geography Dr. Lisa Kennedy kennedy1@vt.edu 127 Major Williams, 231-1422 Office hours: T/R 2-3:00, and by appointment OUTLINE FOR TODAY About me How the course will work-syllabus What is physical geography? Begin Part 1 SORRY, NO FORCES. This class is full and has long waiting list!
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Dr. Kennedy’s research expertise: Biogeography, Paleoenvironments PhD, University of Tennessee 2003 Climate, fire, and vegetation history using mud from lakes and swamps Vegetation patterns in tropical mountain, fire ecology and history
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YOUR Head TA: John Powers MS student, Geography BS, Emory and Henry Research Interests: Biogeography, Appalachian forests Office hours: TBA email powersjw@vt.edu Additional TA: Stewart Scales
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Blackboard communication is required : announcements, exercises, lectures, etc. You must check your email and BB site regularly! Syllabus is on Blackboard
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Text is optional There is an E-version of this text—see Blackboard. If you choose paper copy, you can still register for WileyPlus for free. WileyPlus (an online program provided by the publisher of the textbook) will provide you with a number of study enhancements.
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Grading Scheme: 35% - Exercises and film quizzes 65% - 3 Exams (25%, 25%, 15%) I will give about 10 days notice of the exam dates. EXAMS will focus STRONGLY on MY LECTURES, SO BE HERE! Exams NOT cumulative, but each section builds on previous, so some overlap in material. Mostly multiple choice in format
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EXAM POLICY I do not give make-up exams except in the case of a verifiable emergency. E.g., doctor's excuse with date and time corresponding to the exam period, or a doctor's note stating that you were too sick to participate. Bring to the next class you are able to attend. Other types of emergencies will also need documentation. NOTE: Any Make-up exams allowed AFTER the scheduled exam will be essay format.
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Homework Exercises 3. Pay attention to DEADLINES! Always due IN CLASS or before. Late Homework: 10% deduction per day, days end at 5pm. Get a time/date and signature. 4. KEEP YOUR GRADED EXERCISES (as evidence). Returned in class or your responsibility to pick them up from TA. 1. VERY IMPORTANT TO YOUR GRADE - 25% …especially if you are not a good test taker. 2. Some Exam questions will relate to the exercises
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Films and quizzes NEW! Stay tuned
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COURSE GRADES will follow the straight scale: 94-100% = A 90-83.99 = A- 87-89.99 = B+ 84-86.99 = B 80-83.99 = B- 77-79.99 = C+ 74-76.99 = C 70-73.99 = C- 67-69.99 = D+ 64-66.99 = D 60-63.99 = D- < 60% failing Random attendance checks. No excuses “needed.” Can help a borderline grade at my discretion.
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MAKE FRIENDS IN CLASS! PowerPoint presentations WILL be on Blackboard but usually after class meets So, you don’t have to write down what is on the slides
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Finally, please feel free to make comments, yell out questions, or incite riots during class
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From my summer trip to Africa ANY QUESTIONS before we move on?
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