Time and Location Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm, ES&T L1116
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm (or by appointment)
A Mini-Mester Course for undergraduate students interested in learning about vibrations and sounds generated by natural and anthropogenic processes on Earth and other planetary bodies. We will dig into the fundamental basis of wave generation and propagation, how they are recorded and analyzed, and present recent new discoveries based on various types of recording devices. This mini-mester course will include a final project where students use either professional equipment or personal device to record vibrations/sounds, or analyze recordings by others to understand the physical processes of the sources and propagating medium.
This is an tentative outline of topics and timing and is subject to change throughout the semester.
| Week|| Topic |
|01 || Basic principles of waves generation and vibrations || |
|02 || Scientific devices for recording sounds and vibrations || |
|03 || Basic tools available to analyze recorded time series || |
|04 || Examples of recording sound/vibrations in natural and anthropogenic environment || |
|05 || Recent new discoveries on recording vibrations/sounds on Earth and other planetary bodies. Student course project presentations. || |
Homework assignment (40%); Exam (30%); Course project (25%), Quiz (5%).
There will be four homework assignments, which will involve deriving equations, solving related problems, or computer-based 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 10%.
There will be one close-book exam during class on 1/29/2020. Both of them are close book. Reference to any lecture notes or other documents 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.
This mini-mester course will include a final project where students use either professional equipment or personal device to record vibrations/sounds, or analyze recordings by others to understand the physical processes of the sources and propagating medium. The topic needed to be approved by the instructor two weeks before the presentation. Your report 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). The minimum length is 8 page (double-space, including figures, references). The project will count as 25% of your overall course grade.
Before some classes I will give short quizzes. They are meant to check whether you understood the material from the previous class. Students need to be present in the class in order to take the quiz. This will count a total of 5% of your grade.
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
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