Course EAS 4316/6316: Earthquake Physics

Fall, 2019

Andrew Newman
ES&T 2254

Syllabus (PDF version)
Supplementary Lecture Material


When: August 19 - Dec 3, 2019; Tues., Thurs., 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Where: ES&T L1116

Office Hours: After class, from 1:15 - 3:00 pm, or by appointment.

Course Objectives: This course consists of a series of in-depth lectures, discussion and presentations of the current status of geophysical and mechanical understanding of processes that control earthquakes. We will explore the structural, thermal, and compositional make-up of faults and how geophysical and geological observation, laboratory experiments, and theoretical models have shaped our ideas about these perplexing processes. While earthquakes remain a significant societal issue that can destabilize populations, and cause massive long-term, and sometimes unforeseen economic and environmental effects (e.g. the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster following the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami), there remains numerous fundamental scientific questions about how, when, and where earthquakes happen.

Required Text:
  • Scholz, C.H., The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting, 3rd Ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 493 pp., 2019.
    Additional material will be either handed out in class or made available on the course website.

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