Charles L Henry
Introduces the types of soils analyses necessary to understand the physical and chemical state of soils. Includes an introduction to soils in general, and local soils in particular. Required background: CHEM 142, CHEM 152, or equivalent.
The class sessions will consist primarily of preparatory lectures, field trips and laboratory analyses. We will take 3 local field trips field trips, and one all-day field trip to look at a number of different soils influenced by the variety of soil forming factors and to collect soils for a variety of analyses. Laboratory classes are designed to introduce some of the primary analyses that at used for soil characterization – both physical and chemical. You will be required to do homework exercises, analyze soils data, and do the laboratory exercises.
Student learning goals
Understanding of how soils are formed.
Knowledge of local soils.
Important physical and chemical characteristics of soils.
Soils in relationship to land use.
General method of instruction
Lectures, field trips, laboratory exercises.
Look for and wonder about the soils around you.
Class assignments and grading
Cross word puzzles (for nomenclature), calculations about soils properties, write-ups of lab and field trips.
Assignments 50% Particiaption 20% Final 30%