Title Physics of Earth
Description Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisites: Mathematics 31A, 31B, Physics 1A or 1AH. Crust-to-core tour of Earth and physics used to explore it. Isostasy, plate tectonics, mantle convection, and geodynamo as discovered with tools of elasticity, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. P/NP or letter grading.
Units 4.0 units
Course Days Tuesday Thursday
Time 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Location GEOLOGY 4677
Level Undergraduate
Course ID 411612200
Type Lecture
Instructor Jean-Luc Margot
Email jlm@epss.ucla.edu
Phone 310-206-8345
Instructor Paul Davis
Email pdavis@epss.ucla.edu
Phone 310-825-1343

Syllabus

EPSS 152

Introduction to Geophysics and Space Physics : The Solid Earth and Planets

Physics of Earth

Instructors:
Paul Davis 1806 Geology
Jean-Luc Margot 5642 Geology

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11 AM, Geology 4677

Website: http://ccle.ucla.edu

Textbook: 4th edition of Physics of the Earth (Stacey and Davis), Cambridge Univ. Press.

Grading: Option A Homework-20%; Report-20%; Mid Term exam-30%; Final exam-30%. Report should be a review/homework-style problem on a topic covered in the course (~4 pages).

Grading: Option B Homework-20%; Mid Term exam-40%; Final exam-40%. No Report .

Course Catalog 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 the mantle; core and geomagnetism; lunar and planetary interiors.

Date LEC. LECR. Chapter Reading Subject
Thu-Sept 24 1 JLM 1 Origin and history of the Solar System.
Tue-Sept 29 2 PD 2 Composition of the Earth.
Thu-Oct 1 3 JLM 3, 4.1 – 4.3 Radioactivity, isotopes and dating, Age Earth
Tue-Oct 6 4 PD 4.3 – 4.6, 5 Evidence of the Earth’s evolutionary history.
Thu-Oct 9 5 PD 6 Rotation, figure of the Earth and gravity.
Tue-Oct 13 6 JLM 7 Precession, wobble and rotational irregularities.
Thu-Oct 15 7 JLM 8 Tides and the evolution of the lunar orbit.
Tue-Oct 20 8 PD 9 The satellite geoid, isostasy, post-glacial rebound and mantle viscosity.
Thu-Oct 22 9 JLM 10 Elastic and inelastic properties.
Tue-Oct 27 10 PD 11 Deformation of the crust: rock mechanics.
Thu-Oct 29 MID TERM EXAM
Tue-Nov 3 11 PD 14 Kinematics of the earthquake process.
Thu-Nov 5 12 PD 15 Earthquake dynamics.
Tue-Nov 10 13 PD 16 – 17 Seismic wave propagation. Earth Interior.
Thu-Nov 12 14 PD 19 Thermal properties.
Tue-Nov 17 15 PD 20 Surface heat flux.
Thu-Nov 19 16 JLM 21 Global energy budget.
Tue-Nov 24 17 JLM 23 Thermal history.
Thu-Nov 26 No class (Thanksgiving).
Tue-Dec 1 18 JLM 24 Geomagnetic Field.
Thu-Dec 3 19 JLM-PD All above Review/Projects.
Thu-Dec 10 (TBD) FINAL EXAM