2016 Earth & Planetary Sciences 324 - Earthquakes and tectonics


Instructor: Seth Stein Tech F498, (847) 491-5265 seth@earth.northwestern.edu

Class: T, Th 11:00-12:20 PM, Tech F285

Grade:  70%: Homework problems 20%: Group project
10%: In-class problems

Topics: focal mechanisms, waveform modeling, moment tensors, earthquake geodesy, source parameters (magnitude, moment, and stress drop), earthquake statistics including earthquake recurrence, and earthquake probabilities and hazard estimation.  We'll then discuss the tectonic context of earthquakes, beginning with plate kinematics and then look at earthquakes at plate boundaries and boundary zones and oceanic and continental intraplate seismicity. We'll end by discussing the relation of earthquakes to faulting and deformation in the earth.

Portable electronic devices may not be used in class. You may discuss homework with each other, but are expected to work and do your writeups independently. Problem sets are due one week after being assigned. Make-ups are ONLY allowed by making advance arrangements through the Office of Studies. Late work will be penalized no less than 50%. As per university policy, class attendance is expected and required.

Text: Stein & Wysession, mostly chapters 4-5.