NSC-103, Section 51 - Introduction to Earth Science
Oakton Community College - Ray Hartstein Campus (Skokie, IL) - Instructor: W. Tong
Spring 2003 Lecture Handouts Index
(click here to go to index of Lab Handouts)

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This directory and the documents posted at this Web site are intended to be a supplement to (NOT a substitute for) handouts distributed in the classroom by your instructor.  They are posted here as an additional resource for students who wish to read ahead of the class schedule, or for those who missed assignments due to absences.  You may click on any of the hyperlinks below to view the document.  If your computer is connected to a printer, you may print out a hard copy (check first with the staff at the Computer Lab, located across the hall from the earth science lab Room A-235).  These documents are meant to be printed out - they are not interactive in any way, and you cannot fill them out on-line, or e-mail me any of the homework assignments - they must be turned in as hard copy on campus.  If you have any questions, please call me or leave a message at (312) 886-9380.  (Updated January 8, 2003)
Lecture Topic Document Title Document Name
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Lecture & Lab Schedules  (Part of the Syllabus)  syll2003sp-revised.htm <Click on link to go to the class schedule
1. Course Syllabus Spring 2003 Course Syllabus syll2003sp-revised.htm includes course objectives, lecture and lab schedules, test and grading policies 
Companion web site for your Tarbuck & Lutgens textbook Earth Science, 10th Edition
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Advice to Students
How To Do Poorly In This Course dopoorly.htm a tongue-in-cheek recipe for student mediocrity
a. What Is Science?  What Is Science?  science.htm goals and objectives of science and earth science 
b. Homework Crosswords  Homework Assignments,
Fall 2002
hwsched2003sp.htm there are 10 assignments - copy the due dates on cover sheet to each homework
c. Extra Credit Crossword  Scientific Method puzzle scimethd.htm worth 20 extra points
Free Crossword Puzzle Clues (only for web site visitors) puzzclue.htm One free answer for each puzzle
2. Origins  Origins & Earliest History of the Earth  eartorig.htm from the Big Bang to the solar system 
3. Minerals  What Are Minerals?  minsumry.htm 5 criteria for qualifying as a mineral 
a. mineral groups chart Minerals - Chemical Classification  mingroup.htm classification of minerals by chemical group
b. Economic minerals  Economic Geology - Mineral Resources  econgeol.htm summary of how minerals are used to support a technological society 
4. Rocks  Rock Vocabulary  rocvocab.htm terminology used to describe rocks 
a. Rocks Summary  Rock Talk  rocktalk.htm summary of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks 
Lecture Exam 1 Review Review Questions for 
Lecture Exam 1 
lecx1rev.htm essay style review questions 
4b. Soils Clay Minerals & Soils clays.htm introduction to clay minerals & soils
5. Glaciers  Glaciers & Glaciation  glacial.htm summary of glaciers and ice ages 
6. Water  Water Supply of the World

Surface Water & Groundwater



distribution of earth's water

summary of surface water, stream processes, and groundwater

Lecture Exam 2 Review Review Questions for 
Lecture Exam 2 
lecx2rev.htm essay style review questions 
7. Volcanism  Volcanoes & Volcanism  volcano.htm summary of volcanic phenomena 
8. Earthquakes  Earthquakes & Abnormal Animal Behavior  not yet available
(hard copy only)
abnormal animal behavior prior to earthquakes is well-documented in China 
9. Plate Tectonics  From Continental Drift to Plate Tectonics  platetec.htm Wegener's continental drift, Holmes' sea floor spreading, paleomagnetism, etc. 
10. Earth History  Earth History & History of Science  Click here Visit the UC-Berkeley's "Web Geological Time Machine" site, at:
11. History of Life  Biological Evolution & History of Life  evlution.htm summary of basic concepts of fossils and the theory of evolution
  Scientists rouse bacterium from 250 million year slumber oldbacteria.htm Chicago Tribune article from 10/19/00
12. Dinosaurs  Introduction To Dinosaurs  dinosaur.htm description of different dinosaur groups and the history of their study 
Lecture Exam 3 Review Review Questions for 
Lecture Exam 3 
lecx3rev.htm essay style review questions 
13. Oceanography  Introduction To Oceanography  oceans.htm summary of the origins and benefits of Earth's oceans 
14. Weather  Outline of Weather  weather.htm summary of different elements of weather 
How Lightning Works
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How Tornadoes Work
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How Hurricanes Work
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Lecture Exam 4 Review Review Questions for 
Lecture Exam 4 
lecx4rev.htm essay style review questions 
15. Miscellaneous/Humorous Field Trip Photos #1 - see what real rock outcrops look like ../tristate97 My photos from  the 1997 Tri-State Geological Field Conference (LaSalle, IL) - 2 of my Oakton students attended
Field Trip Photos #2 - see what real rock outcrops look like ../tristate2000 My photos from the 2000 Tri-State Geological Field Conference (Collinsville, IL)
  April Fool's Day Crossword Puzzle aprilfoolspuzzle.htm contains slightly deranged definitions of earth science words
  Superman the Geologist  superman.htm a bit of geo-fantasy about the man in blue
Global Warning globwarn.htm a poem about the politics behind scientific issues
Spoof of creationism creation.htm fictitious college course catalog
Geological I.Q. Test geoquiz.htm a tongue-in-cheek multiple choice test
Rockne's Believe It Or Not List geofunnies.htm a collection of actual, often humorus answers compiled from student exams during the 1980s
The "Assn. of Aptly-Named Geologists" membership roster AANG-list.htm Wouldn't it be great if geologists actually had names that fit?
Where Have All The Fossils Gone? Song parody fossilsgone.htm Based on "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"
Geology major's resume resume.htm Resume of Mr. Hoogivs A. Schist
New! Essays by Sarah Andrews Why Study Geology?


click on the links --> http://www.sonoma.edu/Geology/uses.htm


New! ABOUT.COM Geology Lots of earth science articles and thousands of earth science Web links -  click on the link --> http://geology.about.com/
New! The Rock Doctor Earth Science web site of my friend and fellow teacher, Dr. Richard B. Schultz click on the link --> http://www.therockdoctor.com