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Fall 2015-2016
* GEO 203 / ENE 203 (QR)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Fundamentals of Solid Earth Science

John A. Higgins
Jessica C. Irving

A quantitative introduction to Solid Earth system science, focusing on the underlying physical and chemical processes and their geological and geophysical expression. Through the course we investigate the Earth starting from its basic constituents and continue though its accretion, differentiation and evolution and discuss how these processes create and sustain habitable conditions on Earth's surface. Topics include nucleosynthesis, planetary thermodynamics, plate tectonics, seismology, geomagnetism, petrology, sedimentology and the global carbon cycle. Two field trips included.

Sample reading list:
Langmuir and Broecker, 2012 ed, How to Build a Habitable Planet
Lowrie, 1997, Fundamentals of Geophysics
Douce, 2011, Thermodynamics of the Earth and Planets
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly problem sets and a related precept.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Problem set(s) - 50%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Single variable calculus is a prerequisite, and the course also introduces basic multivariate calculus, simple matrix algebra, and elementary tensor calculus. The course serves as a prerequisite for several upper-level GEO and CEE courses..

Other information:
The course has 2 required field trips: one overnight trip near the beginning of term to upstate NY and the other to the Museum of Natural History in New York.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20351 L01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T Th   Guyot Hall   220   Enrolled:25 Limit:60
20355 P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20352 P02 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm F   Guyot Hall   178   Enrolled:9 Limit:28
20353 P04 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Guyot Hall   178   Enrolled:9 Limit:16
20354 P05 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   Guyot Hall   178   Enrolled:7 Limit:16