EAS 6314/4803: Seismology, Fall 2016

Zhigang Peng
ES&T 2256

Syllabus (PDF version)
Supplementary Lecture Material

General Information

Time and Location Tuesday/Thursday 12:05 pm - 13:25 pm, ES & T, L1105

Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 13:30 pm - 14:30 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.


Homework assignment (40%); First midterm exam (20%); Second midterm exam (20%); Field Trip (5%); Course project (12%)

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 40% of your overall course grade, with each counting 5%.

Exam: There will be two midterm exams, with each counting 20%. 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.

Field Trip: We will have a local field trip (location/time TBD) this fall to learn how to deploy geophone and seismometers. We will ask students to form small groups, and 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 5%.

Course Project: You are required to write a term paper (15%) 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). 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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