ES331 Introduction to Oceanography

Class Syllabus (Adobe Acrobat Format)

ES331 Fall 2005 Class Syllabus

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Final Grades (updated 12/12/05)

Class Notes

The class notes are organized according to their order of occurrence throughout the term. They are available in Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) Format. Acrobat Reader is invoked as a plug-in within the web browser environment. It is available on most machines at WOU. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free by returning to Taylor's Home Page

Exam study guides will be included as the term progresses. Please check future postings as exam time approaches

Introduction to Oceanography and Earth System Science

  • Intro Figures
  • Intro to Map Figures

    Review of Key Physics Concepts

    Geology / Plate Tectonics Overview
  • Tectonics Figures

    Marine Provinces and Sediment Sources
  • Relative Sea Level Figures
  • Physiography of Seafloor Figures
  • Ocean Sediment Figures

    Physics and Chemistry of Oceans
  • Chemistry Figures
  • Chemistry In-Class Concentration Problems

    Marine Stable Isotopes and Paleoclimatology
  • Mass Spectrometry - How it Works
  • Milankovich Orbital Cycles - Summary Diagram

    Atomosphere-Ocean Linkage (Air-Sea Interaction)
  • Atmosphere Figures
  • Ocean Current Figures
  • Understanding Weather Video Exercise

    Coastal Processes (waves, tides, morphology)
  • Tide and Wave Process Figures

    Powerpoint Slide Shows to Accompany Class Notes

    Class Homework Assignments

    Homework Instructions:

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    Click Here to Go to WebCT and the Homework Page

    Lab Exercise Notes and In-Class Exercises

    Lab Equation List
    Unit Conversion Reference

    Introductory Video Exercise ("Understanding Oceans")
    Global Ocean Geography Exercise
    Week 1 Lab Exercise Notes
    In-Class Contouring / Bathymetry Exercise
    In-Class Intro to Data Analysis Exercise
    In-Class Intro to Chemistry Exercise

    Midterm Project Reading Assignment
  • Anderson et al., 2001 Reading
  • Komar, 1998 Reading
  • Komar, 1992 Reading

    Click Here for Instructions to Compile Midterm Lab Portfolios
    Click Here for Final Portfolio Instructions

    Lab / Exercise Answer Keys

    Key to Intro to Data Analysis
    Key to In-Class Contouring Exercise
    Lab 1 Key- Bathymetry Answer Key
    Lab 2 Key- Marine Maps and Charts
  • Correction to Lab 2 - Problem 3d
    Lab 3 Key- Seafloor Spreading / Tectonics
    Lab 4 Key- Geography of Oceans
    Lab 5 Key- Ocean Sediment
    Lab 6 Key- Seismic Profiling
    Lab 7 Key- Sea Water Temperature and Salinity
    Ocean Chemistry Problem Set Key
    Lab 8 Key- Analysis of Water Masses
    Lab 9 Key- Ocean Currents
    Lab 10 Key- Tides
    Lab 11 Key- Waves
    Lab 12 Key- Beach Erosion

    Study Guides

    General Guide to Studying Physical Science
    Quiz 1 Study Guide
    Mid-Term Study Guide
    Click Here for Quiz 2 Study Guide
    Final Exam Study Guide