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Geosciences (GEOSC)

GEOSC 488 An Introduction to Seismology (4) An overview of the observations, methods, and frameworks used in seismogram analysis for earthquake and earth-structure investigations (includes laboratory).

GEOSC 488

GEOSC 488 An Introduction to Seismology (4)

This course is an overview of the observations, methods, and frameworks used in seismogram-based investigation of earthquake and earth-structure. The main goals of the course are to prepare students of seismology for further study of earthquakes and earth structure using seismograms; to provide an overview of earthquake seismology for nonseismologists, to introduce undergraduate geophysics students to quantitative geoscience. Topics covered include stress and strain, faulting and tectonics, seismic body and surface wave propagation including ray methods, dispersion, and attenuation. Students perform fundamental seismological analyses using a computer-based, experiential laboratory exercises exploring the signals contained in research-quality data from recent earthquakes recorded on the international global seismic network.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2003
Prerequisite: MATH 140, MATH 141

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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