Geomorphology Problem Set

Kathleen Nicoll
University of Utah
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This is an example of an exam//problem set I assigned to my Geomorphology class, which is a General Education offering at the U of Utah. The questions are rather generalized, but they can be answered to varying degrees, depending on how advanced the student is, or how much Earth Science they can synthesized.

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This problem set if presented in a course that is a general education course in Geomorphology. Most of the students are intro-level, and have not taken any other college-level science. There are no prerequisites to the course.

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The problem set addresses several core concepts in general science, including Earth processes. The exercise enables the assessor to evaluate key skills in interpretation, synthesis, and writing.

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Integrates geomorphology into a core course in geology
Designed for an introductory geology course
Has minimal/no quantitative component
Uses geomorphology to solve problems in other fields

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