EAS 6314/4803:  Seismology  -  Fall Semester 2006

 

Syllabus (in pdf version)

 

Time and Location: Tuesday/Thursday 1:35 C 2:55 pm, ES & T, 1229

Instructor:

Zhigang Peng, ES&T 2256, 404-894-0231, zhigang.peng@eas.gatech.edu,

Tim Long, ES&T 2252, 404-894-2860, tim.long@eas.gatech.edu

General 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.

Grading (updated on 08/29/2006):

40% Homework assignment

25% Midterm exam

30% Final exam

5% Attendance and class participation

 

Text Books

Required:

S. Stein and M. Wysession, An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure, Blackwell Publishing.

 

Recommended:

K. Aki and P.G. Richards, Quantitative Seismology, W.H. Freeman and Co.

T. Lay and T.C. Wallace, Modern Global Seismology, Academic Press.

P. Shearer, Introduction to Seismology, Cambridge University Press.

Class website: http://shadow.eas.gatech.edu/~zpeng/Teaching/EAS6314_F06

 

Note: the PDF links of the lecture notes and homework were removed on 12/20/06.

 

Week

Date

Topic

Reading

Notes (PDF)

Homework

Reminder

1

08/22/2006

Introduction, history of seismology, earthquake and faults

Chap. 1

Seis_L01.pdf

 

 

1

08/24/2006

Seismology and society

Chap. 1

Seis_L02.pdf

 

 

2

08/29/2006

Math review, complex numbers, scalars and vector

Appendix

Seis_L03.pdf

 

 

2

08/31/2006

Stress

Chap. 2.3

 

hw1.pdf

 

3

09/05/2006

Strain

Chap. 2.1, 2.4

 

 

 

3

09/07/2006

Seismic waves

Chap. 2.4

 

 

 

4

09/12/2006

Snells law (Long)

Chap. 2.5

 

hw2.pdf

Homework 1 due

4

09/14/2006

Plane wave reflection and transmission (Long)

Chap. 2.6

 

 

 

5

09/19/2006

Raleigh waves

Chap. 2.7

 

 

 

5

09/21/2006

Love waves

Chap. 2.7 2.9

 

hw3.pdf

Homework 2 due

6

09/26/2006

Dispersion

Chap. 2.8

Seis_L11.pdf

 

 

6

09/28/2006

Normal modes

Chap. 2.9

 

 

 

7

10/03/2006

Seismic waves in a spherical earth

Chap. 3.4

 

hw4.pdf

Homework 3 due

7

10/05/2006

Body wave travel time studies, core phases

Chap. 3.5

Seis_L14.pdf

 

 

8

10/10/2006

Mantle phases, midterm review

 

Seis_L15.pdf

 

Homework 4 due

8

10/12/2006

Midterm exam

 

 

 

 

9

10/17/2006

Midterm recess

 

 

 

 

9

10/19/2006

Refraction seismology (Long)

Chap. 3.2

 

 

 

10

10/24/2006

Reflection seismology (Long)

Chap. 3.3

 

hw5.pdf

 

10

10/26/2006

Reflection seismology (Long)

Chap. 3.3

 

 

 

11

10/31/2006

Seismometers and seismic networks (Long)

Chap. 6.6

 

 

 

11

11/02/2006

Anisotropic earth structure

Chap. 3.6

Seis_L19.pdf

hw6.pdf

Homework 5 due

12

11/07/2006

Attenuation and anelasticity

Chap. 3.7

Seis_L20.pdf

 

 

12

11/09/2006

Earthquakes and Focal Mechanisms

Chap. 4.2

Seis_L21.pdf

 

 

13

11/14/2006

Waveform modeling

Chap. 4.3

Seis_L22.pdf

hw7.pdf

Homework 6 due

13

11/16/2006

Moment tensors

Chap. 4.4

Seis_L23.pdf

 

 

14

11/21/2006

Earthquake source parameters

Chap. 4.6

Seis_L24.pdf

 

 

14

11/23/2006

Thanksgiving holiday

 

 

 

 

15

11/28/2006

Earthquake source parameters (cont)

Chap. 4.6

Seis_L25.pdf

hw8.pdf

Homework 7 due

15

11/30/2006

Earthquake statistics

Chap. 4.7

Seis_L26.pdf

 

 

16

12/05/2006

Final reviews

 

Seis_L27.pdf

 

Homework 8 due

16

12/07/2006

Finals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic honesty:

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. For any questions involving these or any other Academic Honor Code issues, please consult me, or visit www.honor.gatech.edu.

 

Plagiarism: Plagiarizing is defined by Websters as to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source. If caught plagiarizing, you will be dealt with according to the GT Academic Honor Code.

 

Homework: When working on homework, you may work with other students in the class. However, you must turn in your own solutions, with the following written on it: your name, and the names of everyone you collaborated with. Late homework will not be accepted.

 

Exams: Reference to texts or other documents such as previous semester course materials during exams 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.

 

Last updated by zpeng, 12/20/2006