This Course Offered in Fall Term Only.


Geology

Geology is part of CLRC’s Earth Science series, which also includes Astronomy (one semester) and Meteorology (one semester).  

This semester survey enables students to understand the changing structure of the earth, its composition, and the forces that have shaped it over eons.  The format includes lectures (with numerous color graphics), video clips, reading, discussion, laboratory experiments, and investigative homework assignments. 

The curriculum consists of several geological disciplines:

  • Physical Geology:  Earth’s interior, erosion, deposition, landforms, mountains, volcanoes.
  • Historical Geology:  History of the earth, fossils, ancient geographies, geologic column.
  • Minerology and Petrology:  Properties of rocks and minerals.
  • Economic Geology:  Mineral resources such as ores, fossil fuels, building materials.
  • Structural Geology:  Tectonic structures, deformational forces which shape rocks, etc.
  • Geophysics:  Earthquakes, internal structure, magnetic field, heat flow, pressure, gravity.
  • Hydrology:  Water cycle, groundwater, caves, rivers, lakes, glaciers, etc.

The section on rocks and minerals is an expanded unit which includes a closer look at their origins and properties.  Students will be testing and examining specimens from a collection kit which they will purchase for the class ($60).  They will also learn how to develop their own collections.  

In place of exams, students will develop a semester-long project researching the geology of their state—its tectonic history, rocks, minerals, underlying strata, surface features, earthquakes, hydrology, and geologic resources.  The project is divided into weekly homework assignments which are synchronized with the lessons.  This will enable students to use and apply their knowledge.

This class is open to students age 13 and up.  Material and homework assignments are scaled according to grade level.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.


Offered Fall Semester Only 

Prerequisites: No formal prerequisites. Some class exercises require basic math skills. Knowledge of chemistry is also useful.
Instructor:  William DiPuccio, Ph.D.
williamdipuccio.clrc@gmail.com
Age Level:  13 - Adult
Minimum Enrollment: 6
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition per Semester:  $360
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!

Class Meets: Tuesdays, 8:00 – 10:00 AM Pacific

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William DiPuccio, Ph.D.

william-dipuccio-clrcBill DiPuccio  recently served as an instructor in Physical and Earth Science at Heritage Classical Academy near Akron, Ohio. He has been teaching science since 2002 including a position as science instructor and department head for five years at St. Nicholas Orthodox School, a classical school in Akron, OH. He has designed and taught laboratory courses in biology, earth science, astronomy, chemistry, and physics for elementary school, middle school, and high school. Bill has also, trained elementary school teachers, and taught numerous summer and weekend science camps.

Bill has a Ph.D. in historical theology and a professional background in meteorology, engineering (ultrasonic and electromagnetic polymer joining processes, automation) and graphic design. His academic interests and publications can be found on his blog,  scienceetcetera.blogspot.com.

Textbooks

Amazon links for textbooks and materials are provided for the convenience of our parents and students. 
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Introduction to Geology (Free PDF download)

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Earth Science

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Rocks, Gems, & Minerals

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Required Lab Materials


Classroom Rock and Mineral Collection

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Mineral Test Kit

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Hydrochloric Acid

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Optional Lab Materials


Fluorescent Mineral Collections and UV Lamp

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