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Bob Smith's Teaching

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 using MatLab).
  • 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 .

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