SeisMac Seismogram Modeling
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This page first made public: Jul 20, 2007
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Description of the activity/assignment
- Teacher will demonstrate the SeisMac program.
- Shake the laptop in the three different directions, showing how the different directions are recorded on the three different components.
- Adjust both the vertical and horizontal scales to show how the same motions can be represented differently.
- Setting the vertical scales on -1 to +1, tilt the laptop 90 deg in each of the three directions to demonstrate that the seismograms are records of acceleration (accelerograms). When the laptop is oriented normally, the baseline of the vertical component is 1 g and the two horizontal components have baselines of 0 g. However, when the laptop is tilted the vertical component goes to 0 g and one of the horizontal components will go to 1 g.
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- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 83kB Jul20 07)