Lecture 1 - EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE 80 Professor Berry...

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EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE 80 Professor Berry 1/20/10 Lecture 1 ASUC Lecture Notes Online is the only authorized note-taking service at UC Berkeley. Do not share, copy or illegally distribute (electronically or otherwise) these notes. Our student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. D O N O T C O P Y Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course. ANNOUNCEMENTS There are ASUC lecture notes for this class. Visit notes.berkeley.edu to subscribe for $39. The class aims to introduce you to environmental issues. This is a science class and does not require memorization. There is no textbook. Science involves making observations. Being careful about making observations. This class is observation- based. We are learning science on the very first day of class. You will observe the Strawberry Creek. Water is running because obviously it’s raining, but gravity is taking it downhill. This is the principle of gravity. We are learning science on the very first day of class. Secondly you will observe the stream taking mud off of the banks. That is called erosion. Here is another term. Basic science, this is how simple it is. Again this is another fundamental science term. I posted the tentative syllabus on bSpace. Everything will be communicated on bSpace for this course. We may or may not cover the topics in the order listed on the syllabus simply because we have a number of guest speakers. What you will see on bSpace in an outline of the topics that we will cover. They will be covered in more or less that order, but several lectures will be guest lectures. . Fundamentally, the course will cover a series of mainly environmental topics. The basic science you will learn by doing. One assignment that you will notice on bSpace includes ten weekly observations of Strawberry Creek. What you observe is what you observe right now. The creek’s running fast, it’s raining, a lot of mud in the creek, water pulling mud off the bank. As the weeks go by, you will see that the days change, the lengths of days change, the leaves get greener, and bugs appear. You’ll see bugs in the creek, and these are all things to look for. Then you can make connections between these observations. These are the kinds of observations you can make that I don’t think you can memorize. There is no need for that when you can see processes happening, and you can write everything down that you observe; that is your science. The fundamentals are that you will make 10 weekly observations. You will note the time, the weather, how fast the creek is moving, and the type of day – for example, if it’s rainy and cloudy or if there is sunlight. We’ll talk about a variety of issues. One of the
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Lecture 1 - EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE 80 Professor Berry...

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