GE4560 Earthquake Seismology
Fall semester 2013
3 credits
Description and scope of the course:
This course is concerned with the physics of earthquakes and seismic energy propagation, seismic hazard analysis, and seismic methods to determine Earth structure. Students will gain a solid foundation in principals of seismic wave generation and propagation through theory and applications of modern analysis techniques.
Download a PDF of the syllabus here.
Current Earthquake Information from IRIS
Instructor: Dr. Greg Waite
Dow 428
Office phone: 906.487.3554
email: gpwaite AT mtu DOT edu
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 14051455 in Dow 610.
Labs: Intermittently (in lieu of lectures) during the regular class time.
Office hours:
Monday and Wednesday 1012 or by appointment or any other time I am in my office.
Text books:
Stein, S. and M. Wysession, (2003). An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure, Blackwell Publishing. This is an excellent generalpurpose seismology textbook that also covers advanced topics.
Gubbins, D. (2004). Time Series Analysis and Inverse Theory for Geophysicists, Cambridge University Press. It is not required, but is a good reference that has lots of seismology examples.
Kramer, S.L., (1996). Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Prentice Hall. We will sample a couple of chapters from this book; it will not be required, but is recommended for those interested in earthquake engineering.
Prerequisites: GE3000/GE3050, PH2100, MA2160, or permission from instructor. A linear algebra course (MA2320/MA2330) is useful, but not required. Many homework assignments will be done in Matlab, but you need not be an expert in Matlab to take the course.
Readings: Journal articles and book sections will be assigned. You will be quizzed on reading assignments occasionally.
Course web page: http://www.geo.mtu.edu/~gpwaite/teaching/eqseismo
Grades: Final grade will be based upon homework (30%), quizzes (5%), class participation (5%), final project (30%), and exams (30%).
Current students should see the Canvas course page for the most uptodate information.
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