Before each class lecture I will post here a list of preparation questions. These questions are designed to prepare you for each lecture. If we have a pop quiz on the listed day, it may include some or all of these questions AND at least one surprise question from previous lectures to encourage review. I recommend you thus have answers for them — at least in your head! — before each class meeting. You will have twelve pop quizzes by the end of the course, with the lowest two grades dropped. If you are absent for any reason when a quiz is given (other than a scheduled college event you told me about in advance), your grade will be recorded as a zero. You may use any source to answer these questions before class. For a quiz, of course, you’re on your own.
August 25 (Tuesday) —
- We’ll start the day with an exploration of the geological time scale. Each of you will take a geological period in class (on Thursday the 22nd) and then report to us verbally the current time range for that period, how it got its name, a few of the common fossils in its record, and any prominent events during the interval. Wikipedia is your friend. Here again is our version of the Geological Time Scale.