Soil Physics - CRSS 4600/6600 4600L/6600L
Description. The objective of this class is to describe soil properties related to physical and hydrologic processes.
Lectures are supplemented with field and laboratory exercises to measure soil-water content and associated properties to describe and quantify soil-water movement in the unsaturated (vadose) zone.
Students will also learn how to use the HYDRUS-1D computer model.
Prerequisites. CRSS 3050, CRSS(FANR) 3060, ENGR 2150, ENGR 3050, or FANR 3110 may be used as prerequisites, along with MATH 2200 and PHYS 1111 or 1211.
This course is meant to complement other UGA hydrology courses (e.g., soil mechanics, open-channel flow, watershed hydrology, forest hydrology, hydrogeology).
Office location: UGA Hydrology Lab, Warnell Bldg 4, Room 116
Office hours: anytime, or by appointment
Textbook. Soil Physics with HYDRUS: Modeling and Applications available in the bookstore and from online vendors.
Schedule. There are three weekly lectures (MWF @ 12:20) and a weekly lab (Tu @ 2). Attendance is mandatory for both lectures and labs. Absences may be excused for good reason. Participation in class discussions is encouraged and rewarded.
Problem sets. Assigned weekly, due at 4 pm on the Monday following the week in which they are assigned. Some problems require the use of spreadsheets (e.g., EXCEL, Google Sheets); with different problems assigned for graduate and undergraduate students. Working together on problem sets is expected and encouraged. Late submissions require a valid excuse.
Exams. There are two open-book exams and a final exam. No make-ups without a valid excuse.