Geology 103 (Sedimentology and Stratigraphy)

California State University, Sacramento

Week 5:

Sandstone classification,

Exam #1



Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:


  • Use Folk or Gilbert's sandstone classification system to name a sandstone.

  • Identify and name common clastic sedimentary rocks: shale, mudstone, siltstone, sandstone, conglomerate.



Reading Assignments:

Lecture 7: Sandstone classification- Boggs, 5th edition, pp 127-135


No reading log this week!  Prepare for the first midterm.




Class notes:

Lecture 7 notes


Lecture graphics:

Lecture 7 graphics



Test review:

Several approaches will help you succeed on the first midterm exam.  You should study your notes, review reading sections from the book, review lab material, and practice with old exams and study guide questions.


Copies of old exams are available to help review for the first midterm:


2007 midterm

2008 midterm 

2009 midterm 

2010 midterm 

2011 midterm 


You may find questions on the old exams that we did not cover in lecture, lab or readings.  You can ignore those questions.


Study guide for the first exam: 

Study guide for midterm #1

Questions on the study guide are similar to questions you can expect on the first midterm exam. 



Lab: Sandstone and siliciclastic rock I.D.

Lab and homework:


In lab this week we will look at sandstone samples, and practice using Folk and Gilbert's sandstone classification systems.