Boneyard Creek and other Extra Credit Exercises
Each of these activities takes place outside of class and requires ~0.5 hour to complete. Students review and expand on lecture topics, complete online exercises, discover campus geology, and work with computer spreadsheets.
Undergraduate class on introductory physical geology or quantitative reasoning for non-majors
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Must know concepts from lectures and be able to manipulate data in Excel spreadsheets
How the activity is situated in the course
These are homework or extra credit activities that follow lectures on various topics. As such, they are scattered throughout the course.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment: Student Instructions for Extra Credit Assignments (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 9.5MB Jun30 19)
- Instructors Notes:
- Campus Rock Tour images (Acrobat (PDF) 16.9MB Jun29 19)
- Student Maps for Road Rally Activity (Zip Archive 19.4MB Jun29 19)
- Boneyard Creek and Volcano Example (Acrobat (PDF) 5.4MB Jun29 19)
Michael, A., and D. Ross, Listening to Earthquakes: USGS: Online resource – Accessed 7 June 2019
Kennett, B.L.N., and E.R. Engdahl, 1991, Traveltimes for global earthquake location and phase identification: Geophysical Journal International, v. 105, pp. 429-465 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-246X.1991.tb06724.x
Bolt, B.A., 1991, The Precision of Density Estimation Deep in the Earth: Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, v. 32, p. 367 http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu//full/1991QJRAS..32..367B/0000371.000.html
Tamaki, K., and K. Okino, 1995, Plate Motion Calculator: Online resource – accessed 6 June 2019
Harwood, R., 2011, Mineral Physical Properties and Identification: Online resource – accessed 6 June 2019
King, H.M., 2005, Rocks – Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary: Geology.com: Online resource – Accessed 21 June 2019
Interactives – Rock Cycle, 2017, Annenberg Foundation: Online resource – accessed 9 June 2019
Kirchner, J.G., and Searight, T.K., 1989, A Road Rally as a Topographic Map Exercise: Journal of Geological Education, v. 37, pp. 7-9.
Volcano World, 2019, Oregon State University: Online resource – accessed 8 June 2019
Pfeiffer, T., 2019, What's Erupting? List & Map of Erupting Volcanoes: Online resource – accessed 8 June 2019
Harwood, R., 2011, Relative Dating #1 and #2: Online resource – accessed 6 June 2019
US Geological Survey Water Data for the Nation: Online resource – Accessed 4 June 2019
Daily Data for Site Number 03337000 on Boneyard Creek, Urbana IL, are used in the activity.
State Climatologist Office for Illinois: Online resource – Accessed 4 June 2019
Data for November 2009-February 2010 are used in the activity.