INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
: Bill McDonough (
: Wednesday, 9-10 AM
: Chemistry Bldg (091), room 0229
(preferred communication medium)
: JMP 3201 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:00 - 1:50 PM
by Stephen Reynolds, Julia K. Johnson, Michael Kelly, Paul Morin, and Chuck
Carter (required), McGraw-Hill, 1
Ed., 2007, ISBN 0-07-313515-1
Class Description and Outline
: This course will introduce you to the Earth, the materials that make up
the body, the processes that shape the body and an understanding of the planet, of the Earth-Moon
system, and of the Earth in the solar system. The fundamental process that operates on the Earth is plate
This process shapes everything we see and explains why we have mountains, rivers, valleys,
continents, trenches in oceans, earthquakes, floods, etc.
There will be reference to fundamental material
in physics, chemistry and algebra.
You will need to be familiar with numbers and geography.
Expectation of students
: GEOL 100 is an introductory course without college prerequisites.
expectations of students are no different than what’s expected of a high school graduate admitted in
UMD, including proficient comprehension of written and spoken English, high school science classes,
basic algebra, and general knowledge of world geography.
: The Student Honor Council observes that, "The University of Maryland, College
Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council.
This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students.
As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you
to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more
information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit
You are expected to take thee Student Honor Pledge
I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this
No discussion or reference to any material will be allowed during the midterms and final. Cell phones and
other communication devices will need to be turned off during the midterms and final.
: The required readings from the textbook or other appropriate resource will be assigned before
each class. Students should go through that material before the class. Although the material presented in
class will be necessarily limited, students are expected to read through the assigned chapter. Each
chapter is organized into a set of self-contained double pages. A list of double-pages to read will be given
for each lecture. Tests will cover the assigned reading material as well as the material covered in class.