Welcome to Physical
Instructor: Dr. P. K. Vig Office: ST-206
Phone: 545-3373 Office
Hours: Always open.
Text: Geo Systems – An Introduction to Physical Geography by R.
W. Christopherson, Prentice Hall.
This course is designed to provide a
basic overview of the physical environment, specifically climate, weather,
water, and earth. The course will cover
Energy, work, and electromagnetic spectrum
Heat associated with the Earth’s surface, climate systems
Air pressure, regional and global air circulation
Condensation, dew point, stable/unstable air
Hydrologic cycle, rivers, flooding
Ground water, uses, contamination
Tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanism
Exams and Course Grade:
Four tests will determine the course
grade. Each test is worth 100 points.
- Test 1 – Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4
- Test 2 – Ch. 5, 6, 7, 8
- Test 3 – Ch. 9, 10, 11, 12
- Test 4 – Ch. 13, 14, 15, 16
- 90%-100% A
- 80%-89% B
- 70%-79% C
- 60%-69% D
- 00%-59% F
Make-up tests will not be given.
Any form of knowing and willful
cheating or plagiarism is unacceptable and may result in failure in the course.
Students with any disability are
encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the quarter. Adaptation of methods, materials, or testing
may be made to provide for equal participation.
Outcomes from Physical Geography:
the conclusion of this course, the student should have learned the:
- elements that contribute to climate, sun angle, latitude, circulation
pattern, presence of land and water, man-induced changes in climate;
- ozone layer, ozone pollution, inversions, greenhouse gases;
- weather maps and forecasts;
- various types of weather hazards such as tornados, hurricanes, etc.;
- ground and surface waters;
- water contaminations, flooding;
- oceans, coastal erosion, wind, and water motion;
- earthquakes, volcanoes, deformation processes;
- plate tectonics.