Introduction to Geophysics

Scott Marshall

Appalachian State University
Public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate


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This course provides an introduction to the application of physics to study geologic structures, phenomenon, and processes. Geophysics is a large and diverse field, thus only selected methods will be covered. Topics covered will include: data processing, seismology, earthquakes, tectonophysics, seismic reflection, seismic refraction, gravity, and electrical methods. Laboratories will reinforce topics covered in lectures and many will utilize computers.

Course Size:
less than 15

Course Context:

This is a lecture and lab course with two lectures per week and one 3hr lab section per week. Prerequisites are any intro geology course, calc I, and physics I.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to plot a large data set using Excel
Students should be able to plot an equation using Excel
Students should be able to apply several mathematical filters to a data set

Skills Goals

My course is very focused on improving students quantitative skills.



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