University of Hawaii                                                                                                                                                                              Department of Geology and Geophysics
GG631   Geophysics - Solid, Fluid, and Wave Mechanics


Course Syllabus           Online Resources

Instructor:   Dr. Bridget Smith-Konter
Email: brkonter_at_hawaii_dot_edu
Course lecture day/time:  W/F 9-10:15

Course Scope:  The solid Earth deforms over a wide range of length scales, locations, and time scales, and in a variety of different ways in response to different forcing mechanisms. In this class, we will study continuum mechanics in geophysics, as applied to the deformation of Earth materials (elastic, viscoelastic, and plastic deformations) and seismic wave propagation (body waves, surface waves, anisotropy, and attenuation). Topics to be covered may include tensors, stress and strain in solids, rock failure, moment tensors, elasticity, ductile rheology, viscous flow, equations of motion & boundary conditions, the vector wave equation, wave field energy, reflection and transmission of seismic waves, and surface waves.

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   11/1/18 -  FLOWGO 

   10/23/18 -  RHEOL-GUI
 

   10/23/18 - Rheology slides
 
 
10/18/18 -  PREM (1-D seismic velocity model) and Lame Parameters Table.

  
10/17/18 -  PS#11 solution

   10/5/18 -  Mohr Failure and Coulomb slides

   9/28/18 -  PS#8 additional notes on reference frames and rotations

 
  9/28/18 -  Global Strain Rate Model [Kreemer et al. 2014]

 
9/28/18 -  California Strain Rate Map

   9/28/18 -  Additional strain slides

  
9/26/18 -  World Stress Map

 

   9/22/18 -  Please also read  Zoback et al. (1987) paper (an oldie but goodie) for this week.

9/19/18 -  Preparedness Now video  Haywired video


9/19/18 -  Earthquakes in Hawaii:  What You Should Know.


9/19/18 -  The Great Hawaii ShakeOut - October 18, 2018.


9/10/18 -  Every day uses of eigen values

9/5/18 -  Examples of rotations and projections.  San Andreas projection   Sandwell and Smith-Konter (2018)

9/5/18 -  UNR Geodesy site:  Global GPS

8/31/18 - Kilauea InSAR

8/28/18 -  New class meeting time:  W/F 9-10:15

8/21/18 -  Welcome to GG631



Preliminary Schedule


Week Date Lecture Topic Notes/Helpful Reading

Problem Sets

1 Aug. 21/23
Course Intro / Math review
Class Notes_1;   AF Ch. 1-2;   Lai Ch. 2*


2 Aug. 28/30
Math review
Class Notes_2  

PS #1  PS #2
3 Sept. 4/6
Math review & Stress
AF Ch. 4-5; Lai Ch. 4* 
 Class_Notes_3     Class_Notes_4

PS #3  PS#4
4 Sept.  11/14




5 Sept. 18/20
Stress continued


PS #5
6 Sept. 25/27
Eq. of Motion, Strain
Class Notes 5 Class Notes 6  Zoback 1987
PS# PS#7  PS#8a
7 Oct. 2/4
Finite Strain, Mohr's circle
Class Notes 7   Class Notes 8  Kreemer 2014

PS#8b  PS#8c  PS#9  PS#10
8 Oct. 9/11
Rock failure, stress triggering
Class Notes 9   Stein 2003 King 1994 Cayol 2000  McGovern2007

PS# 11
9 Oct. 16/18
Elasticity and rock rheology
Class Notes 10

PS#12  PS#13  PS #14
10 Oct. 23/25
Viscoelasticity, ductile rheology
Class Notes 11 Burgmann Dressen 2008  Pollitz 2001  Sun 2014 Zhong 2013


11 Oct. 30/1
Fluids, flow dynamics,  seismic wave equation
Class Notes 12  Griffiths 2000  Class_Notes_13
Class Notes _14a   Class_Notes_14


PS#15  PS#16
12 Nov. 6/8
Seismic wave equation, rays
History of Seismology Shearer Ch. 3

PS#17
13 Nov. 13/15
Ray tracing and travel times
Shearer Ch. 4   Class Notes 15
Class_Notes_16 

PS#18  PS#19
PS#20
14 Nov. 20
Seismic phases
Class_Notes_17  

15 Nov. 27/29
Seismic tomography data/discoveries, reflection seismolgy
Lekic 2011 Lin2014 French2015  Pollitz 2016 Tkalcic2018  Shearer Ch. 5    Class_Notes_19  Shearer Ch. 7

16 Dec. 4/6
Surface waves, Normal modes
Class Notes_18     Class Notes_20   Shearer Ch 8
PS#21