EARTH 525 - Tectonophysics
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Advisory Prerequisites:
A basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is required; Permission of instructor.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is aimed at incoming graduate students and senior undergraduates, and examines the basic physical processes of the dynamic Earth. The material covers a broad range of topics that include: plate kinematics, spherical geometry, hotspot tracks, polar wander, gravity, isostasy, geoid, heat sources and heat transport, thermal structure, crystal defect-structure, brittle and ductile processes, crustal geometry, tectono-chronology, plate deformation, processes at plate boundaries, plate-driving forces, basin formation, fluid dynamics, rheologic models, whole-earth structure, mantle and core dynamics. Graduate and interested undergraduate students of all backgrounds are encouraged to take this course that offers a broad and intellectually diverse overview of the physical Earth.

A basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is required, but more advanced material will be covered as part of the class. The class will meet for two 2-hour sessions each week. We’ll make extensive use of research articles and background reading. Evaluation is variably based on an (oral) exam, class participation, homework and an AGU-style research presentation.

EARTH 525 - Tectonophysics
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001 (LEC)
MW 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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