Soils & Water                                       Spring 2010

Tentative Class Schedule

DATE

TOPIC

READING ASSIGNMENT

Jan. 19, 22

Introduction to Soils

Chapter 1

Jan. 26, 29

Soil Physical Properties

Chapter 4

Feb. 2, 5, 9, 12

Soil Water

Chapter 5

Feb. 16, 19, 23

The Hydrological Cycle

Chapter 6

Feb. 26, March 2

Soil Colloids, Cation Exchange Reactions

 

March 5

Exam 1

Chapter 8

March 9, 12

Soil Reaction: Acidity and Alkalinity

Chapter 9

March 16, 19

Spring Break

 

March 23

Soil Air

Chapter 7

March 26

Soil Temperature

Chapter 7

March 30

Soil Biotic Systems

Chapter 10

April 2

Exam 2

 

April 6, 9, and 13

Nutrient Cycles and Soil Organic Matter

Chapters 11, 12 and 13

April 16

Soil Erosion

Chapter 14

April 20

Soil Classification

Chapter 3

April 23

Urban Soils

Lecture Notes

April 27

Soils and Climate Change

Lecture Notes

April 30

Student Presentations

 

May 6

Final Exam (12 - 3 pm)

 

 

 

Laboratory Schedule

WEEK OF:

UNIT#

LAB#

TOPIC:

Jan. 25

 

1

Review of Basic Concepts

Feb. 1

1

2

Soil Formation, Color, and Texture

Feb. 8

3

Saturated and Unsaturated Water Movement-Part 1

Feb. 15

4

Saturated and Unsaturated Water Movement-Part 2

Feb. 22

2

5

Clay Structure and Chemical Processes—Meet in 323

March 1

6

Properties of Clay Minerals

March 8

7

Soil pH and Salinity

March 15

 

 

No lab: spring break!

March 22

 

8

Applications and Problem Solving

March 29

3

9

Site Evaluation—Field Exercise*

April 5

10

Using the Soil Survey

April 12

11

Data Analysis and Interpretation

April 19

 

 

 Visit to the Soil Testing Laboratory

April 26

 

 

To be announced

*subjected to weather condition