The exam covers chapters 16-18 text and online notes, and online notes on Eolian and Deserts

The exam will be 60 minutes and include up to 80 multiple choice questions.

You may not be able to answer them all in the allotted time.  That’s OK.  I will scale up the grades as necessary.

The Exam is NOT open book.

ANY cheating, use of notes, text, or communication during the exam will result in a “0” on the exam and an “F” in the course.  The exam will be monitored using Zoom (see below).

For example, I might ask:

The subject of this course is …

a. neo-orthodoxy in the ancient eastern church,

b. geomorphology,

c. premillenial dispensationalism,

d. gender relations in modern romance languages.

Hopefully you’ll pick “b”!

I will NOT ask you anything that is only in the text, but not in your notes!

A few things you should definitely review (not an exhaustive list!):

  • coastal landforms (tombolos etc)
  • glacial landforms (various moraines, cirques, etc)
  • soils – the sand/silt/clay triangle (know how to use it – I’ll give it to you though)
  • coral reefs
  • periglacial (arctic) landforms (pingos etc)
  • tides – what causes them/high and low tide
  • soil orders – know basic info about them
  • wave motion and beach sorting
  • eolian erosion – how wind sculpts landscape
  • desert landscapes – how sand dunes form
  • soil profiles – how they work
  • major themes in the Theological Issues notes

The exam is NOT open book.

The exam will be monitored by Zoom – all activity will be observed.  You MUST keep your webcam on.  I may ask you to share your computer screen.  I may ask you to verify your identity by showing ID.

Any academic dishonesty will result in a 0 and an “F’ in the course. I will be checking. No appeals.

Remember you are studying in Catholic learning environment and are expected to behave by standards of Christian morality and ethics.

How to Study …

  1. Read over the online notes.  I like the “onion method” of studying as opposed to cramming.  The onion method means I read over the notes tonight … and absorb some (one layer of knowledge).  I read over the notes tomorrow (another layer of knowledge).  And so on, and so on, gradually adding layers of knowledge.  The challenge is, you can’t be an onion by starting to study the night before the exam at 11:59 p.m.!  You need to start today! You can NOT use your notes during the exam. Doing so will mean an automatic 0.
  2. As you read the notes, do use the figures in the text (an online resources) as references. The figures/pictures really help you visualize what you’re studying!
  3. Review the chapters in the text.  Note that I will NOT ask you anything that is only in the text, but not in your notes! You can NOT use your text during the exam. Doing so will mean an automatic 0.
What Should You Bring or NOT Bring?

You should bring …

  • Yourself!  (refreshed, relaxed, invigorated, empowered by the Spirit)
  • A pen (and pencil if you wish, for the diagrams).

You should NOT bring …

  • Your text or notes (sorry, this exam is not open book!)
  • Your cousin (a geography graduate student at Cambridge)
  • A calculator (any math will be VERY simple)
  • A cell phone, iphone, tablet, netbook, desktop, or other electronic device
  • Any crib notes, cheat sheets, or other “aids”

You’ll do fine!  That’s about it!  Study hard!  I know there is lots to know and lots to memorize (the plague of introductory science courses!), but go at it!

Try to remember that this is God’s creation we are studying (it’s one of the symptoms of the Fall that studying divine artistry seems like drudgery!).  Hard though it is, try to keep that perspective going …

Bruce

Extra note on the soil texture triangle from Chapter 18 / Lab 6

What you need to remember is the numbers are always in the order: sand, silt, clay (drill it into your memory:  sand, silt, clay … sand, silt, clay… sand, silt, clay ..)

SoilTexture_USDA

So if your sample is 20/70/10

So, start with sand.  In this example, the % sand is 20.  So, go along the bottom from right to left to 20.  Your sample will be along that 20 “line” somewhere.

Next go to silt — 70%.  Silt is along the right hand side.  Go down from the top to 70.  When you find 70 on the silt axis (edge), your sample will be along that line.

Last, go to clay — 10%.  Clay is along the left side.  Go to 10.  Clay is the easiest because the white lines go horizontally, so you go across on the 10 line.

And you’re there!  A beautiful SILT LOAM!

It is a bit confusing!  The key is to remember it’s always SAND-SILT-CLAY!  And to make sure you are using the correct side.  I will give you the identical diagram as above in the exam (I’ll just cut and paste it).

Hope that helps.  B