LECTURE, READING AND LABORATORY SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2002

 

Date

#

Lecture

Topic

Weekly

Reading

Laboratory

Week 1

27 September

1

Course intro. Naming parts

Chapter 1.

no lab

Week 2

30 September

2

Particle sizes and arrangement

Chapter 2

p. 15-23.

 

Prepare soil,

plant seeds,

begin texture.

2 October

3

Soil minerals

p. 23-36.

Supple. 2-3

p. 44-45.

4 October

4

Soil minerals, mineral properties

Week 3

7 October

5

Mineral properties

p. 36-41.

 

 

Finish texture.

Initiate water flow.

9 October

6

Organic fraction, soil pores.

11 October

7

Soil atmosphere

Chapter 3

p. 47-51.

Week 4

14 October

8

Water characteristics, amounts in soil and properties of solution.

p. 51-56.

 

 

Field trip

 

16 October

9

Liquid-solid interactions

p. 56-64.

18 October

10

Soil climate

Chapter 4.

Week 5

21 October

 

First mid-quarter

Covers all material to date.

 

Water flow, bulk density

 

23 October

11

Heat flow in soil

p. 73-77.

Supplement 4-2

25 October

12*

Water movement

p. 85-92.

Week 6

28 October

13

Water movement

p. 92-105.

 

 

Microbial respiration

30 October

14

Managing soil water

Chapter 6

1 November

15

Soil organisms-inventory

Chapter 7

p. 131-142.

Week 7

4 November

16

Soil organisms constraints

p. 142-149.

 

 

Soil chemistry

6 November

17

Microbial processes

Chapter 8

p. 153-165.

8 November

18*

Microbial processes

p. 165-178.

Week 8

11 November

 

Veteranís Day Holiday

 

 

harvest plants

 

 

13 November

19*

Microbial processes and plant nutrition

Chapter 9;

p. 185-189.

15 November

 

Second mid-quarter

Covers primarily material since first mid-quarter.

Week 9

18 November

20

Plant nutrition

p. 189-201.

 

Soil genesis, profile descriptions

20 November

21

Managing plant nutrients

Chapter 10

p. 207-213.

 

22 November

22

Managing nutrients

p. 213-230.

 

Week 10

25 November

23

Acidity

Chapter 11

233-241.

 

 

No lab.

 

27 November

24

Salinity and sodicity

p. 241-250

29 November

 

 

NO CLASS, HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Week 11

2 December

25

Factors of soil formation

Chapter 12

p. 260-278.

 

 

 

Soil maps and interpretation

4 December

26

Processes of soil formation

Chapter 12

p. 278-292.

6 December

27

Organizing information; Natural systems

Chapter 14

p. 314-328.

 

Tuesday

10 December

1:30-3:30 PM

 

Final Exam

Covers entire course; primarily from material since second mid-quarter.

 

* Guest lectures