Fall 2019  RVCC GEOL-157 Introduction to Geology  
Wednesdays and Fridays
Lecture in Room W114, West Building (Basement) from 11:30 - 12:50 am
Labs in Science Building SC219 from 1:00 - 2:50 pm
Dr. Gregory C. Herman  (gregory.herman@raritanval.edu)           Syllabus            Grading Policy (57 KB)                 Grades                  Nov. 09, 2019
Open-educational textbook resource (OER) by Salt Lake Community College (accessed 5/4/2019).
Optional textbook:   
 Monroe, Wicander, and Hazlett (2007) Physical Geology; Exploring the Earth, 6th edition

RVCC GEOL-157 Laboratory manual ( 10.1 MB)  Geological Society of America Time scale (487 KB)
Click the icon for the PDF version of  the PowerPoint Presentation (*.ppt) or Slide Show (*.pps)
Date OER LINK Lectures   Labs

8/28 W
8/30 F

1 , 8
3

L1_Introduction.pdf  (6.7 MB)  L1 Cosmology.pps (20.3 MB) (9.9 MB)
L2_Elements_minerals.ppt (18.0MB) (7.4 MB)

LAB1_Time-life-man.jpg (212KB) (take-home, one-page, essay)
LAB 2_Spectroscopy.ppt (6.1MB) (3.4 MB)

9/4W
9/6 F

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L3 Earths_interior_gravity_magnetism.pdf (2.5 MB)
No Lecture and lab (off)

LAB 2_REE_questions.ppt (67 KB) (33 KB)

9/11 W
9/13 F

4
2
L4_Igneous_rocks.pdf  (9.6 MB) L4_Volcanic_rocks.pdf (9.6MB)
L5 Plate_tectonics.pps (19.9 MB) (9.4 MB)  L5_REE-2.pdf (1.5 MB)

LAB 3 Igneous Rocks.pdf (1.2 MB)

9/18 W
9/21 F

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5, 10
 L6_TopoGEo.pdf (7.8 MB)    LAB 4 TOPO1_Earth_shaded_relief
L7 Weathering_and_erosion.pdf (8.3 MB) 
LAB 4_Google_Earth_1.kmz (3.9 MB)
2014_TCNJ_Nazca_Lines.kmz
(2.4 MB)

9/25 W
9/27 F

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5


EXAM 1   Exam 1 Topics.pdf  (46 KB)
L8_Sediment_and_Sedimentary_rocks.pdf  (7.8 MB)
No Lab
LAB 5_Sedimentary_and Metamorphic rocks.pdf  (2.1 MB)
10/2 W
10/4 F
6
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L9_Metamorphic_rocks and_processes.pdf  (10.2 MB) 
Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists (No lecture)
LAB 5 (cont.)
FCPG (No lab)
10/9 W
10/11 F
9
7
L10_Earthquakes seismic_waves.pps (37.3MB) (2.5 MB)
L11_Geologic_time_concepts_principles.pdf  (7.9 MB) 
LAB 6 GE New Jersey - New York Earthquakes.kmz (490KB)
Dynamic_Earth   New Jersey Shaded Relief Map (2 MB)
10/16W
10/18 F
14
15

L12_Glaciers.pdf (9.9 MB) Climate cycles and_change.pdf  (638 KB)
L13_Oceans_seafloor_continental_margins.pdf (7.6 MB)

LAB 7_Pa-NJ-NY_Glacial_Moraines.kmz (526 KB)

10/23 W
10/25 F
12
L14_Shores_and_Beaches.pdf (6.5 MB)
EXAM 2   
Exam 2_Topics.pdf
  (46 KB)

Make-up LAB
No Lab

10/30 W
11/1 F

9
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L15_Continental_structures_mountains_basins .pdf  (15.8 MB)
L16_East USA Geology.pdf  (13.8 MB)

LAB 8_Rock_structures.pdf  (2.8 MB)

11/6 W
11/8 F

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Field Trip preview and Local Archeology
Flemington Field Trip (11:30-3:00 PM)
No Lab
RVCC Geology KMZ
11/13 W
11/15 F
11
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L17_Surface_Water.pdf  (9.4 MB)
No Lecture and lab (off)

Take-home LAB  Switch Movie

11/20 W
11/22 F
11
13
L18_Groundwater.pdf  (6.4 MB)
L19_Desert_Winds.pdf (6.5 MB)
LAB 9_Two groundwater_pollution_cases.pdf  (3.8 MB)

11/27 W
11/29 F

 

THANKSGIVING BREAK

No Lab

12/4 W
12/6 F

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L20_Impact_Tectonics.pdf (15.4 MB)
L21_Remote_Sensing_Fossil_Fuels.pdf (10.5 MB)

LAB 10_Desert_Dunes.kmz (606 KB)
LAB 10_Impact Tectonics.kmz
12/11 W 9:30 am FINAL EXAM Exam 3 Topics.pdf (30 MB) Term_Paper.pdf  (64 KB) due before the final exam

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