Physical Science 108
Keystone College - Summer 2006
Grading Information
Miscellaneous Information
Instructor: Dr. Jerry Skinner; office: Capwell 208; phone 945-8404. E-mail:

Class Meetings: Capwell 309. 3 credits. Monday & Wednesday, 6-9 pm.. 

Texts :

Lutgens, Frederick and E. Tarbuck.  Essentials of Geology, 9th ed.  2005.  Prentice-Hall Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ.  ISBN 0131497499.

Busch, R.  2006.  Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 7th ed.  Pearson/Prentice-Hall Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ.  ISBN 0-13-149745-6

Barnes, John and W. D. Sevon.  1996.  The Geological Story of Pennsylvania.  PA Geol. Surv., Educational Series #4.  44 pp.   (This will be handed out in class.)


Week 1

Course business; An Introduction to Geology:  Chapter 1 
Lab Exercise and handout: Topographic Maps & Aerial Photos

Minerals:  Chapter  2

Week 2

Rocks:  Chapters 3,4,6,7
Lab Exercise 13, Earthquake Hazards and Human Risks
Lab Exercise 2 and handout, Mineral Properties, Uses, and ID

First test

Week 3

    Water:  Chapters 9 & 10

    Geologic Time:  Chapter 18


Week 4

    Glaciers:  Chapter 11

    Earthquakes:  Chapter 14

    Test 2.


Week 5

    Project presentations

    Final Exam



Two hour exams (2 @100)  200
Final exam 100
Research Paper (due the lazy day of class)) 100
Project Presentation  25
Lab assignments (@ 10 pts) 50
Lab practical quizzes (2 @ 40 pts) 80
Total 555 pts.

Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the assigned date. Late assignments are not accepted. 

Extra credit opportunities: my philosophy does not favor extra credit. I feel that you should earn your grade in the regularly planned assignments. However, you may gain a possible total of 10 points by the following activities: 

Extra Labs from your lab book  which have not been assigned may be done for a maximum of 10 points each.

Extra films: Act as a technical consultant for a geology film.  You may gain a maximum of 5 points each by submitting a critique of the science aspects of a film. It must be typed, double-spaced, and be no longer than one page.