When: Tues., Thurs., 12:05 - 1:25 pm
Where: U A Whitaker Biomedical Engr 1214
Office Hours: After class, from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, or by appointment.
This course consists of a series of lectures and discussions on the current status of physical processes that control fault slips and earthquakes.
- Scholz, C.H., The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting, 2nd Ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 471 pp., 2002.
- Stein, S.A.,& M. Wysession, An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure, Blackwell Publishing, 498 pp., 2003.
Additional material will be either handed out in class or made available on the course website.
This is an approximate outline of topics and timing and is subject to change throughout the semester.
| Classes|| Date ||Topic |
| || ||Lectures|
|1-3 ||Aug 18 - 25 || Brittle Fracture of Rocks |
|4-6 ||Aug 27 - Sept 3 || Rock Friction |
|7-8 ||Sept 8 - 10 || Mechanics of Faulting |
|9-10 ||Sept 18 || Mechanics and Quantifications of Earthquakes|
|11-12||Sept 22 - Sept 24 || Collective Behaviors of Earthquakes and Faults (Meng/Yao) |
|13||Sept 29 || mini-tutorial on mid-term projects (Yao) |
|14-15|| Oct 1 - 6 || Seismic Cycle I |
|16 || Oct 8 || Midterm |
| || Oct 12 || Fall recess |
|17||Oct 15 || Student Presentions for Mid-term Projects |
|18-19 ||Oct 20 - 22 || Seismic Cycle II |
| || ||Discussions/Debates of Emergent Research Topics|
|20-21 ||Oct 26 - 29 || Fast and Slow Earthquakes|
|22-23||Nov 3 - 5 || Fracking and Injection Induced Earthquakes |
|24-25||Nov 10 - 12 || Earthquake Triggering: Static vs. Dynamic |
|26 ||Nov 17 - 19 ||Earthquake Initiation: Nucleation vs Cascade|
|27||Nov 24 || Earthquake Prediction: Optimistic vs. Pessimistic |
| || Nov 26 || No class: thanksgiving |
|28||Dec 1 || Earthquake Prediction: Optimistic vs. Pessimistic |
|29-30|| Dec 4 || Student Presentations for Final Projects |
Midterm exam (30%), Midterm project (20%), Discussions (25%), Final course project (25%).
There will be a midterm exam* (30%) covering all material presented during the
lecture portion of the course. Reference to texts or other documents such as previous
semester course materials during the exam is strictly forbidden. Using these materials will
be considered a direct violation of academic policy and will be dealt with according to the
GT Academic Honor Code. The use of electronic devices (e.g. cellular phones, computers
etc.) other than non-programmable calculators during exams and quizzes is not allowed.
Approximately half of this class will be comprised of detailed discussion of
ﬁve topics of modern research in the ﬁeld of earthquake physics (listed in the course outline).
Before each discussion, you will be expected to read the assigned papers and submit
(electronically) a 2-page summary (double-space, 12 font-size, not including reference) of
the topic. After discussion is completed on that topic, you will submit a new 2-page
synthesis of your understanding of the current state-of-the-art of that topic. Your grade will
depend on both your written summaries (10%) and synthesis (10%), and in class
participation (5%). In the last three topics that involve debates, we will divide the classes
into opposite groups and present their arguments.
There will be two course projects. The first project is due immediately
after the midterm and is a fixed topic. The final course project is open to any topics related
to earthquake physics. This can be a literature review of a selected topic, or research project
involving calculations, data analysis, or theoretical results done in consultation with the
instructor. The topic needed to be approved by the instructor before the midterm. Your paper
should be written up in a journal form with length, figures and referencing in a format
suitable for submission to journals like Geophysical Research Letters (GRL).
You will present your term paper in a 15 minute AGU-style talk; a 12 minute presentation with 3
minutes of questions. The midterm project will count as 20%, and the final project will
count as 25% of your overall course grade.
It is expected that all students are aware of their individual responsibilities under the Geor
gia Tech Academic Honor Code, which will be strictly adhered to in this class. The complete te
xt of the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code is at
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