Dr. M. E. Elwood Madden
Dr. Megan Elwood Madden
SEC 952 (325-1563)
Office Hours: by appointment- send me an
email and we’ll find a time.
Lecture: M/W 3:00- 4:15 pm
Sarkeys Energy Center, A235
Final Exam: Monday, Dec. 12th
4:30-6:30 SEC A235
How Does Earth Work?
(Gary Smith and Aurora Pun).
ISBN-10: 0136003680 | ISBN-13: 978-0136003687
Available at university and off-campus bookstores
Laboratory Investigations for Geology 1104/1114
This Dynamic Earth
University of Oklahoma, Pearson/Prentice Hall
Welcome to GEOL 1114 Physical Geology (for scientists and engineers)
Geologists are detectives, problem solvers, treasure hunters, storytellers, and sometimes artists. During the
course of this semester, we will explore a few of the many questions geologists work to answer: What is
Earth made of? How and when did it form? How does Earth change with time? How do geologic processes
shape the surface of Earth? How do we interact with our planet?
Along the way, we will focus on how
geologists go about answering these questions to connect observations and concepts within the broader
question: How does Earth Work?
How Does Earth Work?
is also the title of our textbook, written by Gary Smith and Aurora Pun from the
University of New Mexico. You are expected to read the textbook and learn the information presented
there. At the beginning of each class period, we will address your questions and “muddiest points”. Dr.
Elwood Madden and your laboratory TA are also available to answer questions during office hours. We will
not spend much time in the “lecture” period rehashing material presented in the textbook. In fact, there
won’t be that much lecturing going on here at all. Instead, we will apply the information you learn from the
textbook to new problems and develop your observation, analysis, and critical thinking skills through
interactive discussions and in class exercises. Therefore, if you want to learn and do well in this course, it is
important to come to class and participate fully in the learning process.
Since this course fills a general education science requirement, we will also be addressing these questions:
How does science work? How do scientists evaluate evidence and arguments? What tools do geoscientists
How does science affect my life? Through these and other questions we will work our way up Bloom’s
Taxonomy of learning, shifting from concrete to evaluative/abstract thinking.
You will reinforce your
learning by reflecting on what you have learned, evaluating what you still need to learn to fully understand a
process or concept, and applying this fresh knowledge to new problems.
Learning at this level takes work; if
you want to succeed in this course, then you will need to work hard.
What I hear, I forget