**Instructors:** J. Louie louie@seismo.unr.edu 784-4219 LME217; J. G. Anderson jga@seismo.unr.edu; I. Tribuleac ileana@seismo.unr.edu

**Meetings:** Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 in LMR 355; an additional hour will be scheduled for some of the weeks.

Texts: | (F) C. M. R. Fowler, The Solid Earth | (T) Turcotte and Schubert, Geodynamics |

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Week | Date | Lecturers Available | Topic | Reading | Lecture topic | Labs and Homework | ||
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1 | 29-Aug | JL | Earth as a planet | F2 F3 T1 | Plate-tectonics review | F Probs. 2.3(a-e for any 5), 2.4, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.7, 3.8 due 9/5 | ||

31-Aug | JL | Terrestrial planets, earth, moon | Discuss: Bennett, Wernicke, et al. | |||||

2 | 5-Sep | JL | Geochronology | F6 T10 | Principles of radioactive dating | F Probs. 6.1, 6.4, 6.7, 6.9, 6.10 due 9/14 | ||

7-Sep | JL | Applications of radioactive dating | Discuss: Atwater and Stock | |||||

3 | 12-Sep | IT | Seismology & major earth structure | F4 T2 | Seismic waves & travel times | |||

14-Sep | JL | ModelAssembler Community Modeling Environment | Lab 1: Run MA-CME due 9/21 | |||||

4 | 19-Sep | JL | Wave Propagation | Discuss: Savage et al. and Louie et al. | ||||

21-Sep | JL | Computational Seismology | Lab 2: Courant Condition due 9/28 | |||||

5 | 26-Sep | JL | Wave-equation solutions | Observe surface waves in Pancha's computation: 96 Mb Quicktime or 1.5 Mb MPEG-4 | ||||

28-Sep | JL | Wave computational parameters; Lithospheric deformation | Lab 3: Grid Dispersion due 11/14 | |||||

6 | 3-Oct | JL JA IT | Gravity, tides, & Earth rotation | F5 T5 | Reference gravity model | |||

5-Oct | JA IT | Tides & tidal friction | Lab 4: Huygens, Fermat, Snell due 11/28 | |||||

7 | 10-Oct | JL JA IT | Measuring gravity, gravity anomalies, isostasy | |||||

12-Oct | JL JA IT | T3 | Lithosphere flexure, mantle viscosity | Lab 5: Ground Motion for a Nevada Earthquake (discuss with Louie to start) due 12/12 | ||||

8 | 17-Oct | JL JA IT | Heat | F7 T4 | Diffusion equation & heat flow | Reno gravity lab | ||

19-Oct | JL | Review for midtermHeat flow-measurement & results | ||||||

9 | 24-Oct | JL JA IT | Midterm exam | (Covers week 1-7 topics) | ||||

26-Oct | JA IT | Thermal state of the crust | Heat Flow exercises due 11/2 | |||||

10 | 31-Oct | JA IT | Heat in mantle & core - convection | |||||

2-Nov | JL JA IT | Thermal history of Earth | ||||||

11 | 7-Nov | JA IT | Fault scarps: Another application of diffusion | |||||

9-Nov | JL JA IT | Geomagnetism | F3 | Present global magnetic field | ||||

12 | 14-Nov | JL JA IT | Paleomagnetism: measurements & polar wander | |||||

16-Nov | JA IT | Sea floor magnetism | ||||||

13 | 21-Nov | JL JA IT | Reconstructing plate motions | |||||

23-Nov | Thanksgiving | |||||||

14 | 28-Nov | JL JA IT | Global seismicity | T8 | Elastic rebound & focal mechanisms | |||

30-Nov | JL JA IT | Patterns of global seismicity | ||||||

15 | 5-Dec | JL JA IT | Nevada's lithosphere | F8 F9 | Present-day plate motions | |||

7-Dec | JL JA IT | Earthquake statistics & earthquake rates | ||||||

16 | 12-Dec | none? | ||||||

15-Dec | none | Final Exam | Friday 7:30 AM LMR 355 |

J. Louie, 9/4/06