EAS 6314/4314: Seismology, Fall 2020

Zhigang Peng
ES&T 2256

Syllabus (PDF version)
Canvas EAS 6314/4314: Seismology

General Information

Time and Location Monday/Wednesday 12:30–1:45 pm, ES & T, L1118

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 1:45 pm–2:45 pm (or by appointment, online only)

Course Description: This course presents a basic study in seismology, which includes elastic wave propagation, and application of seismic waves for the study of Earth's interior and earthquake source. It introduces basic techniques necessary to interpret seismic data, and help students to build physical intuition and quantitative skills.

COVID-19 Update This course will be taught in a hybrid mode. Most classes will be delivered remotely (via bluejeans). However, on a few occasions, you can attend the lectures in the classroom observing social distancing practices during planned class sessions. The schedule for these visits will be announced later and published in the syllabus/canvas. Attendance at those events is recommended but not mandatory. The homework submission and quizzes will be managed online. Additional information about GT's response to COVID-19 can be found at Information for the Georgia Tech community related to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Required Textbook:
  • Stein, S.A.,& M. Wysession, An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure, Blackwell Publishing, 498 pp., 2003.
Recommended Textbook:
  • Aki, K.,& P. Richards, Quantitative Seismology, Second Edition, University Science Books, 2002.
  • Lay, T., & T.C. Wallace, Modern Global Seismology , Academic Press, 1995.
  • Shearer, P. Introduction to Seismology Second Edition , Cambridge University Press, 2009.
    Additional material will be either handed out in class or made available on the course website.


Homework assignment (56%); Online Quiz (20%); Optional Field Trip (4%); Course project (20%)

Homework Assignment: There will be eight homework problems*, which will involve deriving equations, computer simulations, or data analysis. The homework is designed for each student to work by him/herself. The homework will count as 56% of your overall course grade, with each counting 7%.

Online Quizzes: There will be several online quizzes throughout the semester. The quiz is meant to help students to understand better the material learned recently in the class. More details will be provided later. The quiz will count 20% of the grade.
Field Trip: We plan to have an optional local field trip (location/time TBD) this fall to learn how to deploy geophone and seismometers. We will ask students to give a short presentation on what they have learned from the field trip. You will be evaluated by your participation and presentation, which count as 4%. Those who cannot participate in the field trip can submit a 3-page report on the development of seismic sensor deployment.

Course Project: You are required to write a term paper (20%) on any topic related to seismology. 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. 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). Preliminary version of the final paper should be shown to the instructor for approval at least two weeks before the due date. The minimum length is 10-page (including figures and references), and the font size is 12 (double space).

Academic Honesty:

It is expected that all students are aware of their individual responsibilities under the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code, which will be strictly adhered to in this class. The complete text of the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code is at http://www.honor.gatech.edu/.

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