Course EAS 4200/6320:

Structural Geology and Continuum Mechanics

Fall 2014

Andrew Newman
ES&T 2254

Ken Ferrier
ES&T 3244
Teaching Assistant:
Özge Karakas
ES&T 2106

Syllabus (PDF)
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Ductile deformation of the El Doctor Limestone in Queretaro, Mexico, taken by K. Segerstrom, USGS (photo source).


When: August 19 - December 9, 2014
    Lecture: Tues., Thurs., 9:35 - 10:55 am -- ES&T L1175
    Lab: Fri.,12:05 - 2:55 pm -- ES&T L1116

Office Hours:
    Instructors: Mondays 2 - 3 pm, and Thursdays from 2 - 3:30 pm, or by appointment.
    Teaching Assistant: Tuesdays 11 am - 12 pm, and Thursdays from 1 - 2 pm, or by appointment.
Course Objectives:
Designed for Earth Science and Engineering majors and graduate students interested in applying field and theoretical methods to understand the dynamic history and state of earth's crust. Useful for a wide range of natural and anthropogenic topics, including: plate tectonics; earthquake occurrence; landscape evolution; groundwater and petroleum reservoirs; and mineral resources.

We will examine the application of stress and strain on rocks, the development of faults and folds, orogenic belts and plate tectonics, basic interpretation of geologic maps, and field techniques in structural geology (yes, there will be field trips!). Through laboratory excercises and instruction, students will learn modern computational methods for characterizing structural geology through MATLAB.

Required Text:
  • Fossen, Hakkon, Structural Geology, Cambridge Press, 463 pp., 2010.
  • Allmendinger, R. W., N. Cardozo, & D. M. Fisher, Structural Geology Algorithms: Vectors and Tensors, Cambridge Press, 289 pp., 2012.
Class Communications:
You will occasionally receive class information via email to your prism account. Because this information may not be communicated in class, it is your responsibility to read all such emails. In emailing us for class, please add [Structure] to the subject line and identify yourself by name in the message since not all prism accounts clearly identify the email's author.

Course Outline:
Please see PDF Syllabus, above.


Students enrolled in EAS-4200 will be evaluated independently of those enrolled in EAS-6320. Those enrolled in EAS-6320 will be required to perform all homework assignments and exams as students in EAS-4200, as well as additional Laboratory exercises, Field assignments, and exam questions. For both the undergraduate and graduate sections, the grade is based on Lab and Field Exercises (60%), and Exams (40%). Two Field trips (one Saturday, and one Friday through Sunday) are associated with this class. Both trips are mandatory. Missing either can severely impact your grade.


General: 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.

Problem Sets and Projects: Students are encouraged to work together on developing solutions to problem sets; however, the solutions/answers that are turned in must be the work of each individual. Include the name of individuals consulted for each problem that you sought aid in answering (including instructors). Any write-up of laboratory or field reports, should however be the work of the individual student, thus for this work there should be no copying from others in class. Finally, at any point in which you are using material you’ve referenced from another source, it is your obligation to appropriately reference that source. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden.

Plagiarism is the act of appropriating the literary composition of another, or parts of passages of his or her writings, or language or ideas of the same, and passing them off as the product of one's own mind. It involves the deliberate use of any outside source without proper acknowledgment (as defined by the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code).

Exams: All information required for exams will be supplied. Reference to texts or other documents during exams is strictly forbidden. The use of electronic devices (e.g. cellular phones, computers etc.) other than non-programmable calculators during exams and quizzes is not allowed.

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