Tsunami surges over massive seawall in northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011 (Reuters/Miyako City Office and Toru Hanai)
"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice."
Will Durant, philosopher and historian
Welcome to the Geology 100 home page. Planet Earth is offered each semester by
the Department of
Geology at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign . It is an introductory
course that covers earth resources, natural hazards and
development of landscapes and that provides a context for
understanding the concept of environmental change.
Change in Lecture Class
Schedule - Nov. 27 Class Canceled, Make Up Class
at 11 am on Oct. 20
i>Clicker Remote -
Register on Compass,
Bring to Lecture Class, Change to Frequency BB
i>Clicker scores through Wednesday, Oct. 11 are
visible in the GEOL 100
Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center. Session
1 represents your i>clicker score for the first
class that had i>clicker questions (Aug. 30);
Session 2 represents your i>clicker score for the
second class that had i>clicker questions (Sept.
6); Session 3 represents your i>clicker score for
the third class that had i>clicker questions (Sept.
11), etc. The i>clicker questions and correct
answers for each Session will be available on the
Class Web site (on the same page as Lecture Powerpoint slides).
i>Clicker scores are for extra credit only with the
following scoring basis: You receive 0.1% point added
to your total percentage score if you answer all or
all but one of the i>clicker questions for that
class and 0.05% point if you get at least two of them
correct. For example, if there are three i>clicker
questions and you answer at least two of them AND get
at least two of them correct, then you will receive
the maximum daily score of 0.15%. If you answer at
least two of the three i>clicker questions AND get
only one of them correct, then you will receive a
score of 0.13%. If you answer at least two of the
three i>clicker questions and get none of them
correct, then you will receive a score of 0.1%. The
class averages are: 0.15 (Session 1), 0.15 (Session
2), 0.15 (Session 3), 0.13 (Session 4), 0.15 (Session
5), 0.14 (Session 6), 0.14 (Session 7), 0.14 (Session
8), 0.13 (Session 9), 0.14 (Session 10), and 0.15
Because points from i>clicker questions are
for extra credit only, no credit is given if a student
does not attend class (with or without an official
University excuse), forgets his/her i>clicker, has
an i>clicker malfunction, or has to arrive to class
late or to leave early. Please check your i>clicker
scores regularly. If your i>clicker is not
registering, contact Prof. Altaner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
immediately. We're unable to retroactively change
i>clicker points and so the sooner the issue is
resolved the better.
Required Textbooks -
Purchase or Reserve Reading Options
B) Planet Earth Discussion Guide (24th
ed.) by Marshak, Long, and Altaner (2017) - This
textbook must be purchased from IUB because it is not
available online. Although one copy of this textbook
is on reserve in Grainger Engineering Library, you
will need to make copies of the Lab and Homework
exercises if you use that copy on reserve.
The i>clicker student response system is used in the Lecture class meeting of this course. i>clicker helps Prof. Altaner to understand what you know and gives everyone a chance to participate in class. As described below, you will receive extra credit based on your participation and performance on i>clicker questions in class. I will NOT use i>clicker to keep track of attendance because your attendance in Lecture class, although strongly encouraged, is voluntary. You can use any of the following i>clicker models:
The mobile application, REEF Polling by i>clicker will NOT be allowed in GEOL 100.
Beginning on Aug. 30, between 3 - 5 i>clicker questions will be asked each day in Lecture class. You will receive 0.1% point added to your total percentage score if you answer all or all but one of the i>clicker questions for that class and 0.05% point if you get at least two of them correct. Assuming 27 class periods involving i>clicker questions, that means you can earn up to 4.05% of extra credit added to your total percentage score. Because points from i>clicker questions are for extra credit only, no credit is given if a student does not attend class (with or without an official University excuse), forgets his/her i>clicker, has an i>clicker malfunction, or has to arrive to class late or to leave early. i>clicker points for the week will be posted in the Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center by Friday or perhaps earlier. If your i>clicker is not registering, contact Prof. Altaner (email@example.com) immediately. We're unable to retroactively change i>clicker points and so the sooner the issue is resolved the better.
To register your i>clicker, go to the GEOL 100 Illinois Compass 2g Web site and click on i>clicker registration on the left side, and then follow instructions from there. Do NOT register your i>clicker on the iclicker.com Web site; if you do, we won’t be able to match your responses with your name and you will NOT receive any credit for i>clicker questions. Bringing a fellow student’s i>clicker to class and voting for them is cheating and violates the University Student Code. If you are caught with a remote other than your own or have votes in a class that you did not attend, you will forfeit all clicker points and may face additional disciplinary action.
You can view
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about
i>clicker policy in GEOL 100 by reading FAQ #35-50. You can read
much more information about i-clickers such as how
to use your i>clicker and i>clicker battery
life at the following Web site: http://support.iclicker.com
Please do NOT attend GEOL 100 class if you are sick, especially with flu-like symptoms such as a fever of 100° or higher, cough, sore throat, body aches and possibly diarrhea or vomiting. You should STAY HOME until 24 hours after your temperature returns to normal (98.6°) without taking any fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin.
If you miss Discussion class due to illness, then you will be allowed to make up the Discussion, assuming that you follow either the Preferred or Alternate procedures described under Make-up Policy at: <http://classes.geology.illinois.edu/17FallClass/geo100/100_discussion.html>. If you are sick when an exam is given, then you will be allowed to take a make-up exam without any penalty, assuming that you contact Prof. Altaner BEFORE the exam date. See FAQ #6 for advice on catching up after missing Lecture class.
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