EAS 6314/4803: Seismology, Spring 2010

Zhigang Peng
ES&T 2256

Syllabus (PDF version)
Supplementary Lecture Material

General Information

Time and Location Monday/Wednesday 3:05 pm - 4:25 pm, ES & T, L1175

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm (or by appointment)

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.

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.

Course Outline:

This is an tentative outline of topics and timing and is subject to change throughout the semester.
Classes Date Topic Reading Homework


Homework assignment (30%); Midterm exam (20%); Final exam (30% Undergraduate; 25% Graduate); Course project (20% Undergraduate; 25% Graduate)

Homework Assignment: There will be six 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 30% of your overall course grade, with each counting 5%.

Exam: There will be a midterm (20%) and a final exam (30% undergraduate; 25% graduate). 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.

Course Project: You are required to write a term paper 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 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). Please check the GRL submission guidance online at www.agu.org/pubs/au_contrib_rev.html . Preliminary version of the final paper should be shown to the instructor for approval at least two weeks before the final due date. You will present your term paper in a 15 minute AGU-style talk; a 12 minute presentation with 3 minutes of questions. The project will count as either 20% (undergraduate) or 25% (graduate) of your overall course grade. Grading for your project will be based on the 10% (undergraduate) or 15% (graduate) of the quality of the research and the written paper, and 10% of your presentation.

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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