Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
Density structure of the earth from mass and moment of inertia part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Using mass and moment of inertia as constraints, students construct density models of the whole earth. This activity uses concepts from physics, multi-dimensional calculus, and linear algebra, and also reinforces knowledge of density stratification.
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Driving forces of plate tectonics and the importance of inertia part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Simple in class calculations showing that inertia or momentum is completely unimportant in considering the driving forces of plate tectonics