Physics 166 — Geophysics
Half-course is a broad review of topics in global geophysics, with an emphasis on the applications of theoretical and experimental physics to problems of the origin, structure and evolution of the Earth and terrestrial planets. Topics covered during the half-semester include seismology (including earthquakes and Earth structure), deformation (including plate tectonics and fluid flow), and gravitational potentials (including isostasy and geoids). The course meets in a two-day-per-week lecture format. Grades in the course are based on performance in homework assignments and a final term paper based on literature research.