Title Introduction to Geophysics and Space Physics I: Solid Earth and Planets
Description Lecture, three hours. Requisites: Physics 105A, 110A, 112, 131. Geochemistry, cosmochemistry, and petrology; geotectonics; gravity field; seismology; heat transfer, thermal and mechanical evolution of mantle; core and geomagnetism; lunar and planetary interiors. S/U or letter grading.
Units 4 units
Course Days Tuesday Thursday
Time 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location GEOLOGY 4677
Level Graduate
Course ID 578001200
Type Lecture
Class Website http://pangea.earthandspace.ucla.edu/ESS200A
Instructor Gerald Schubert
Email schubert@ucla.edu
Phone 310-825-4577

Syllabus

Textbook

The textbook will be Physics of the Earth (Stacey and Davis), Cambridge University Press, Fourth Edition

Grading

Grades: 20% Homework; 20% Report; 30% Mid Term; 30% Final. The report should be a more in-depth discussion of a topic covered in the course or a topic closely related to course material. It should have a strong quantitative component.

Additional References

Treatise on Geophysics (Gerald Schubert, Editor-in-Chief), Elsevier, 2007. Geodynamics, Second Edition. (Donald Turcotte and Gerald Schubert), Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Calendar

DateLectureChapter ReadingSubject
Thurs - Sept 2211Origin and history of the Solar System
Tues - Sept 27 21Asteroids, collisions
Thurs - Sept 2932,3Composition Earth, radioactivity, isotopes and dating
Tues - Oct 444Isotopic clues to the age and origin of the Solar System
Thurs - Oct 655Evidence of the Earth’s evolutionary history
Tues - Oct 11 66Rotation, figure of the Earth and gravity
Thurs - Oct 13 7 7Precession, wobble and rotational irregularities
Tues - Oct 18 8 8Tides and the evolution of the lunar orbit
Thurs - Oct 20 9 9The satellite geoid, isostasy, post-glacial rebound and mantle viscosity
Tues - Oct 25 10 10 Elastic and inelastic properties
Thurs - Oct 27 MID-TERM
Tues - Nov 1 11 11 Deformation of the crust: rock mechanics
Thurs - Nov 3 12 12 Tectonics
Tues - Nov 8 13 13 Convective and tectonic stresses
Thurs - Nov 10 14 14 Kinematics of the earthquake process
Tues - Nov 15 15 15 Earthquake dynamics
Thurs - Nov 17 16 16 Seismic wave propagation
Tues - Nov 22 17 17 Seismological determination of Earth structure
Tues - Nov 29 18 18 Thermal history
Thurs - Dec 1 19 24 The geomagnetic field
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