Introduction

After reading the chapter and attending all lectures and viewing the film, you should be able to:
1. define geology and explain what professional geologists do, including some of their specialties. Where might you find a practicing geologist nearby Keystone (or your home)?
2. explain to a non-science major the role that geology plays in your everyday life.
3. discuss the scientific method.  This would include
a. being able to list and discuss the steps in order
b. defining and being able to give an example of an hypothesis; what characteristic must an hypothesis have in order to be a useful part of the scientific method?
c. explain to the average person what a scientific theory is, and how it differs from an 'educated guess'. Be able to give an example of a scientific theory.
d. define a scientific 'law'; give an example; explain how even laws might sometimes be overturned and discarded.
e. apply the scientific method in designing your own experiment, or to evaluate another
f. explain how scientific research is evaluated by the scientific community (publication, presentation at meetings, etc.)
4. estimate the approximate metric size of objects in terms of weight, size, temperature and distance.
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities:
1. Apply the scientific method to a problem in your own life. For example, suppose that you jump in your car and turn the key. Nothing happens! Propose an hypothesis to explain why it won't start. Now propose as many alternative hypotheses as you can. Using these multiple working hypotheses, propose a series of experiments to analyze the situation until you have solved the problem.
2. Seek out an article from a newspaper or magazine that has some geological component. Give a one page summary with a photocopy of the article attached.