ESS 8 EARTHQUAKES - SPRING 98 by zrv29230


									                             ESS 202: EARTHQUAKES
Time and Classroom:
Lectures: MWF 1:30 – 2:20 Room 175 Johnson Hall
Laboratory sections: T 12:30-3:20, Th 12:30-3:20, F 9:30-12:20 Room 021 Johnson Hall
Final exam: 2:30-4:20 PM on Monday June 9. No makeup exams will be allowed.
John Vidale   Room 208A ATG Bldg. (206) 543-6790
Heidi Houston Room 204 ATG Bldg. (206) 616-7092
Office hours: T 2:00-3:00, W 2:30-3:30, or by appointment.
TA: Josh Carmichael, Geophysics graduate student
(206) 543-0570, Room 202 ATG Bldg.
Office hours: TTh 3:30-5:00.
Learning Objectives:
    Understand earthquakes: Why and where they occur, and their consequences.
    Learn about earth processes associated with earthquakes, including plate tectonics,
      volcanoes, tsunamis, and landslides.
    Be able to understand articles about earthquakes in the newspapers or popular science
      press. Make informed decisions about matters related to earthquakes in your own life.
    Improve quantitative, writing, and presentation skills.
Quantitative Approach:
Understanding earthquakes requires some concepts from mathematics and physics. There will
be a few equations, and the lab exercises are somewhat quantitative, so you need some algebra
and geometry from high school. At least one quarter of physics or math at university level
would be helpful. Centimeters and kilometers will be used as units of distance.
The class is not graded on a curve, but on your level of mastery of the material. There will be
10 in-class pop quizzes, which cannot be made up. The optional field trip can make up for one
missed pop quiz. Attendance at the weekly lab section is required – no more than two labs can
be missed without prior permission of the TA. Also required is a group presentation and 10-
page paper on a topic related to earthquakes. The grade will be based 30% on laboratory
assignments, 20% on in-class quizzes, 15% on a paper, 10% on a group presentation, and 25%
on the final exam.
Course content:
We will follow this text, available at the bookstore:
Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest (2nd Ed.), by Robert Yeats, Oregon State
University Press, 1998.
Other useful texts include:
Earthquakes, by Bruce A. Bolt, W.H. Freeman and Co., 1999.
Peace of mind in earthquake country, by Peter Yanev, Chronicle Books, 1991.

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