EART 163 – PLANETARY SURFACES
Spring 2016 Class Notes
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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)
Late homework will be penalized at 10% per day.
EART160 is a prerequisite.
I am also going to assume some familiarity with ordinary differential equations.
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.
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.
Week 1 (March 29): Overview, planetary shapes.
Week 2 (April 5): Strength and rheology.
Week 3 (April 12): Tectonics.
Week 4 (April 19): Volcanism and cryovolcanism.
Weeks 5 & 6 (April 26): Impacts.
Week 7 (May 10): Mass movements.
Week 8 (May 17): Wind.
Week 9 (May 24): Fluvial.
Week 10 (May 31): Ice; Recap.
Final (Mon June 6th). Equation sheet.