Hw4: rock report | geology | University of South Florida

Learning Goals: 

  • Describe an unfamiliar igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic rock using terms learned in this class

Resource: HW4: Rock ReportPreview the document

Submission: via Canvas Quiz (next page)

Instructions: Complete the homework. You may talk among yourselves about different strategies, but you may NOT copy answers from other students (this won’t help you anyway since each student will be researching a different rock). Make sure everything you write is in your own words, and be careful to cite any sources for information. DO NOT START THE QUIZ UNTIL YOU’VE FINISHED YOUR REPORT! 

This is an individual homework that shouldn’t require too much of your time.. But it’s important to follow these rules:

  • First, and most important, everything you write must be in your own words. You may not copy and paste material from other sources (of course not!). You may not use quotation marks either to get around this restriction. Every word must be your own.
  • I know that for some students in this class English is not your first language. I am totally in awe of your ability to take a class in English (if I had to take a class in one of my foreign languages . . . let’s just say it wouldn’t go well). But just because your English isn’t perfect doesn’t give you the right to copy/paste or use other people’s words. I do not care if you make grammatical or stylistic mistakes–I’m only interested in the content. Resist the temptation to “improve” your report by borrowing phrases and sentences from a native-English source.
  • You will need to do some research, but you should use as a foundation what you’ve learned about rocks from your readings. This means that if you have a metamorphic rock, for example, that you apply what you’ve learned about metamorphic rocks. Do not “re-learn” everything about metamorphic rocks by searching online–use the concepts and language that is presented in the readings.
  • As directed in the instructions, you should underline and define every word that you had to learn. These definitions must be in your own words and must not include other words that are unfamiliar (unless you define them too). For example, if you’re unfamiliar with the rock “syenite” (which is to be expected!), then you can’t simply describe it as an “undersaturated igneous rock” because you don’t know what “undersaturated” means either (why would you?!?). Going back to the first point, every word must be your own and you must understand it. 
  • Look at the example. I am not expecting a report much longer than this (a single paragraph), but it must include a description of all minerals found in the rock along with the mineral’s composition and structure (e.g., if it’s a silicate I want to know if it’s a layer silicate or framework silicate or whatever). Also note that there are other terms used to describe silicates like “tektosilicates” and “phyllosilicates” that are in common use–these are alternate words for the terms I used, and if you choose to use them you should define them like any other unfamiliar word. But, honestly, it would be more useful to you to simply use the terms I used to describe these minerals (e.g., island silicates, single-chains, double-chains, etc.).
  • Don’t leave it to the last minute and feel free to contact me or Matt if you need help.


Semester Papers
Calculate your paper price
Pages (550 words)
Approximate price: -

Why Work with Us

Top Quality and Well-Researched Papers

We always make sure that writers follow all your instructions precisely. You can choose your academic level: high school, college/university or professional, and we will assign a writer who has a respective degree.

Professional and Experienced Academic Writers

We have a team of professional writers with experience in academic and business writing. Many are native speakers and able to perform any task for which you need help.

Free Unlimited Revisions

If you think we missed something, send your order for a free revision. You have 10 days to submit the order for review after you have received the final document. You can do this yourself after logging into your personal account or by contacting our support.

Prompt Delivery and 100% Money-Back-Guarantee

All papers are always delivered on time. In case we need more time to master your paper, we may contact you regarding the deadline extension. In case you cannot provide us with more time, a 100% refund is guaranteed.

Original & Confidential

We use several writing tools checks to ensure that all documents you receive are free from plagiarism. Our editors carefully review all quotations in the text. We also promise maximum confidentiality in all of our services.

24/7 Customer Support

Our support agents are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and committed to providing you with the best customer experience. Get in touch whenever you need any assistance.

Try it now!

Calculate the price of your order

Total price:

How it works?

Follow these simple steps to get your paper done

Place your order

Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.

Proceed with the payment

Choose the payment system that suits you most.

Receive the final file

Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.

Our Services

No need to work on your paper at night. Sleep tight, we will cover your back. We offer all kinds of writing services.


Essay Writing Service

No matter what kind of academic paper you need and how urgent you need it, you are welcome to choose your academic level and the type of your paper at an affordable price. We take care of all your paper needs and give a 24/7 customer care support system.


Admission Essays & Business Writing Help

An admission essay is an essay or other written statement by a candidate, often a potential student enrolling in a college, university, or graduate school. You can be rest assurred that through our service we will write the best admission essay for you.


Editing Support

Our academic writers and editors make the necessary changes to your paper so that it is polished. We also format your document by correctly quoting the sources and creating reference lists in the formats APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago / Turabian.


Revision Support

If you think your paper could be improved, you can request a review. In this case, your paper will be checked by the writer or assigned to an editor. You can use this option as many times as you see fit. This is free because we want you to be completely satisfied with the service offered.