|Bob Smith's teaching interests are in the fields of seismology,
tectonophysics, theoretical seismology and general geophysics. A list of his
teaching assignments in 1996-98 includes:
- Earthquakes and Volcanoes--GG 1030
The course will provide fundamental infromation on how the earth's earthquake,
volcano, and other deformation processes work, their dynamics, and related
hazards. The course will focus on plate tectonic theory, faults, earthquakes
and their workings and distributions; volcanoes and magma and their distributions,
and related hazards to mankind from these processes.
- Seismology I: Tectonophysics and Elastic Waves--GG 5210/6211
This course focuses on the principles of Earth deformation and wave propagation
in elastic and inelastic continua. The course will provide a basic understanding
of continuum mechanics applied to rock deformation, boundary value problems and
the development of the elastic wave equation and properties of wave propagation.
Tensor and vector operators, partial differential equations, and linear algebra
will be routinely used in mathematical developments. Computer applications and
practical problems in geophysics and tectonophysics will be emphasized.
Graduate Student Research should have a command of UNIX for use of Matlab or Maple on the SUN
workstations or have access to a Matlab on a PC or Mac.
- Earthquake Seismology and Hazard Assessment--GG 5330/6330
The course develops information on how earthquakes work, earthquake mechanics;
how seismic waves are transmitted, recorded and interpreted; earth structure
and its influence on seismograms; earthquake location methods, earthquake
statistics, strong ground motion; earthquake focal mechanisms, probabilistic
and deterministic hazards analyses, and seismotectonics. The lab and and term
project will emphasize interpretational and computational methods (primarily
- Theoretical Seismology--GG 6220
A graduate course focused on the theory and application of such topics as
source representation theory, complex reflection and refraction of elastic waves
at boundaries, dispersion and normal mode formulation, seismic moment tensors,
asymptotic ray theory, Gaussian beam ray theory, plane wave decomposition, full
wave theory (Cagniard de Hoop solutions), and reflectivity.
- Student Advising--GG 593 and GG 696 Undergraduate and graduate
student advising .