EART 163 PLANETARY SURFACES

Spring 2016 Class Notes

 

All files are in Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt) or Word (.doc) format unless otherwise indicated

Email Prof. Nimmo (fnimmo@es.ucsc.edu) if you have problems accessing them

 

        Course Syllabus                                            

 

Timing/Location: Tu/Th from 12:00 to 1:45 in E&MS D226

 

Office hours: Mon 1-2pm & Thurs 1:45-2:45 in E&MS A219 (or by appointment)

 

Course Goals: To provide an introduction into how we use remote-sensing observations and modeling to obtain a quantitative understanding of the processes governing the formation and modification of planetary surfaces.

 

Course Outline: see below

 

Text: H.J. Melosh, Planetary Surface Processes, Cambridge Univ. Press (2011), available in the bookstore.

 

          Approximate Grading Scheme:

30% Weekly homeworks (due each Tuesday)

20% Midterm

50% Final

 

Late homework will be penalized at 10% per day.

 

Prerequisites:

EART160 is a prerequisite.

I am also going to assume some familiarity with ordinary differential equations.

 

Plagiarism:
Collaboration on homework assignments is permitted and encouraged. But the work that you hand in must be your own i.e. if I ask you to reproduce your work on the board without your notes, you must be able to do so. If you are ever unsure about the appropriate level of collaboration, please ask.

 

If you use the textbook or other outside sources (such as web sites) then you must cite the source that you use.

 

Disability:

If you qualify for classroom accommodations because of a disability, please get an Accommodation Authorization from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and submit it to me in person outside of class (e.g. office hour) within the first two weeks of the quarter. Contact DRC at (831) 459-2089.

 

 

          Course Outline

 

Week 1 (March 29): Overview, planetary shapes.    

          Powerpoint slides. PDF slides.         Problem Set#1   Answers

         

Week 2 (April 5): Strength and rheology.

          Powerpoint slides. PDF slides.         Problem Set#2   Answers

        

Week 3 (April 12): Tectonics.

          Powerpoint slides. PDF slides.         Problem Set#3   Answers

         

Week 4 (April 19): Volcanism and cryovolcanism.

          Powerpoint slides. PDF slides.         Problem Set#4   Answers

 

                    Midterm (Tues Apr 26th). Equation sheet.      Answers  

               

Weeks 5 & 6 (April 26): Impacts. 

          Powerpoint slides. PDF slides.         Problem Set#5     Answers                             

 

Week 7 (May 10): Mass movements.

          Powerpoint slides. PDF slides.        

 

Week 8 (May 17): Wind.

          Powerpoint slides. PDF slides. Problem Set#6     Answers

                   

Week 9 (May 24): Fluvial.

          Powerpoint slides. PDF slides.         Problem Set#7 Answers

          

Week 10 (May 31): Ice; Recap.  

          Powerpoint slides. PDF slides. Problem Set#8 Answers

                  

                     Final (Mon June 6th). Equation sheet.