Course Introduction

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Introducing Ourselves


Quick Check of Syllabus


Some Interesting Geoscience Questions ...

... with interesting physical/mathematical descriptions

How do we move beyond a conceptual understanding to a quantitative understanding. That is the kind of thing this course addresses.

Motion of P-waves and S-waves generated by earthquakes:

Here are animations for how P- and S-waves deform the geologic materials they pass through - whether is the very deep of shallow earth:



A very different example: flow of groundwater

How does groundwater flow towards a well in response to pumping?

caAbove image from Kehew, A.E. Geology for Engineers and Environmental Scientists (3rd ed.)

Earth's Topography

What explains it? Does one concept explain it all?


What tools will we need to develop the geoscience topics in this course?

These tools are developed as we go, and you will see them in several places extending what was done with them before. This course is not a complete introduction to any one of them, but rather provides you an introduction, a physical justification for studying them, and the confidence that you can take courses like this in support of your geologic pursuits if needed.

A main example for today: Why are the high-plains high?

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