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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

IRIS Seismic Monitor

Instructor:
Dr. Greg Waite
Dow 428
Office phone: 906.487.3554
e-mail: gpwaite AT mtu DOT edu

Lecture:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1405-1455 in Dow 610.

Labs:
Intermittently (in lieu of lectures) during the regular class time.

Office hours:
Monday and Wednesday 10-12 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 general-purpose 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 up-to-date information.

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