Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies
SUNY at Binghamton
Theoretical estimation of cooling times part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Development of equations governing conduction of heat, culminating in a scaling analysis to easily estimate order-of-magnitude time for magma body to cool. Simple ultimate formulas and wide-ranging geoscience applications serve to promote student confidence in a quantitative approach to Earth science.
The Birth of the Earth System and the Convection Paradigm part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Convection is a major process operating throughout the Earth System. This combination lecture sequence / problem set activity sets the stage for the appearance and importance of convection within the Earth System, then presents an advanced theoretical discussion (best introduced after my other contributed activity, on cooling times) of basic mathematical and physical aspects of convection. These 'basics' will allow students to subsequently move on to rigorous treatments of geophysical fluid dynamics in the context of Earth System Science.
Introduction to Global Geophysics part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
Application of physical concepts to understanding the solid earth. Topics: origin of Earth; gravitational and geomagnetic fields and effects; earthquakes and seismic waves; composition and structure of Earth's interior; radioactivity and its geothermal consequences; fluid flow; principles of geophysical exploration for natural resources. Applications to moon, sun and planets as appropriate. Three lectures, one two-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: one semester of physics, calculus and geology; or consent of instructor.