460:203 Natural Disasters Syllabus

Professor Alexander Gates     Lecture: TTh 11:30-12:50pm
Office: 136 Smith Hall      Room: 123 Ackerson Hall 
Hours: TTh 10:30-11:00 am
Email: agates@rutgers.edu
 
RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK: Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes, 3rd Edition, by Gates and Ritchie.  Readings posted on Blackboard.
 
GRADING: 10% attendance/participation, 2 exams (20% each), 1 short paper (20%), and a comprehensive final exam (30%). Attendance is mandatory; no make-up exams given.
 
WEEK TOPICS READING
1/21 Introduction: Science and Society  
1/23-1/28 Plate Tectonics and World Geography reading 1
1/30-2/4 Earthquakes: Causes and Theory reading 2
2/6-2/11 Great Earthquakes and their Aftermath reading 3
2/13 Videos: Earthquakes  
2/20  Review  
2/25 Exam 1  
2/20-2/27 Volcanoes: Architecture, Processes, Rocks reading 4
3/4-3/6 Great Volcanoes and their Aftermath reading 5
3/11
Video: Volcano: Nature’s Inferno
Paper Topic Due
 
3/13 Exam 2  
3/25 Mass Wasting: Theory reading 6
3/27 Video: Thunder on the Mountain  
4/1 Landslides and Avalanches reading 7
4/3-4/10 Storms and Weather reading 8
4/15 Paper Due  
4/15 Video: Tornado! Hurricane! Flood!  
4/17-4/22 Great Hurricanes and Tornadoes reading 9
4/24 Climate Change reading 10
4/29 Extraterrestrial Impacts  
5/1  Video: Asteroids: Deadly Impact   
5/6 Review  
  Final Exam (as scheduled)