ESCI 446: Solid Earth Geophysics (Spring, 2003)
Instructor:Fenglin Niu (ESCI Room 316; tel: 713-348-4122; fax: 713-348-5214)Lectures:Tues. and Thurs.Location:ESCI Room 327Office Hours:Tuesday ; Wednesday ; or by appointment.TA:Joern A. Jernsletten (ESCI Room 322; tel: 713-348-3272)TA Office Hours:Monday ; Friday ;
This course is a review (or more proper, an introduction) of the structure of the Earth and key physical processes that have shaped it. It emphasizes on concepts rather than mathematical derivations. Topics include the structural seismology, chemical composition of the earth, earthquakes, physics Earth’s potential fields (gravitational and magnetic fields), heat flow and thermal structure of the earth, and plate tectonics. Laboratory exercises are computer based. Each involves using data and modern software to constrain aspects of the Earth's structure or history. Some labs are based on classical analyses from the literature, while others are based on observations, acquired using the Internet, of current geophysical events.
The grading will be based on: 30% midterm exam; 30% final exam; 10% LAB, 10% attendance; 20% homework.Required Text:R.J. Lillie, Whole Earth Geophysics, Prentice Hall.Recommended Text:C.M. Fowler, The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Geophysics,
Press. Cambridge UniversityN. H. Sleep, K. Fujita, Principles of Geophysics, Blackwell Science.