EARTH 525 - Tectonophysics
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
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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 is taught by several faculty, and will meet for two 1.5 hour sessions and one 1-hour recitation session/laboratory 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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