Slip-rate across the San Andreas Fault and Seismic hazard estimation for central California
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Designed for a geophysics course
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The assignment requires prior knowledge/skills in the followings:
1. Basic math—what is arctan, and its range of solutions (-pi/2 to pi/2).
2. Basic physics—what is vector, decomposing vectors into two components.
3. Basic statistics—Calculating average and standard deviations. Something that not too many people know adding uncertainties, when adding or subtracting vectors. In that case, we add the variance (standard-div**2) of each vector. The new uncertainty is square-root of the added variances.
4. Basic programming and plotting skills—Excel, Matlab, or any other program. The assignment can also be solved with paper and pencil, but it is not recommended.
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