USU Geology 5640/6640 (Introduction to Seismology)
Course Materials, Spring 2017

Course Syllabus

Class Meets MWF, 1:30-2:20 pm in Geology 217a

Assignments: Coming soon!

  • Due 27 February at 1:30 PM: Assignment 1
    Note you'll also need these: PREM & Romanowicz 2008
  • Due Monday 20 March at 1:30 PM: Exam I!
  • Due 17 April at 1:30 PM: Assignment 2
  • Due 3 May at 3:30 PM: Final Exam


  • PowerPoint Lectures and UPDATED Schedule: Coming soon!

  • 9 January: Introduction to Concepts of Seismology
  • 11 January: Seismic Applications: Source Characterization; Subsurface Imaging
  • 13 January: A Brief "Review" of Seismology (Wave types, Huygen's Principle)
  • 18 January: A Brief "Review" of Seismology (Huygen's/Fermat's Principles; Snell's Law)
  • 20 January: Math/Notation "Review": Vectors
  • 25 January: Math/Notation Cont'd: Derivatives, Complex Variables, Tensors
  • 27 January: The Stress Tensor
  • 30 January: The Strain Tensor & Hooke's Law
  • 1 February: Equations of Motion
  • 3 February: The Wave Equation & Velocity
  • 6 February: Displacement Potentials and Solution of the Wave Eqn
  • 8 February: Displacement Polarizations; Seismic Phases
  • 06 February: Seismic Phases; Seismic Structure as an Investigative Tool
  • 13 February: Seismic Imaging Methods I
  • 15 February: Seismic Imaging Methods II
  • 17 February: Seismic Imaging Methods III
  • 21 February: Wave Equation in Spherical Coordinates
  • 22 February: Ray Theory; 1D Ray Theory Time and Distance
  • 24 February: Characterizing Seismic Sources
  • 27 February: Reflections & Refraction Amplitudes (Vertically-Incident P)
  • 1 March: Reflections, Refractions, and Zoeppritz Equations
  • 3 March: AVO (Zoepppritz Application!); Evanescent Waves
  • 13 March: Evanescent Waves; Surface Waves
  • 15 March: Surface Waves; Rayleigh Waves
  • 17 March: Rayleigh Waves
  • 20 March: Love Waves
  • 22 March: Love Waves; Group & Phase Velocity
  • 24 March: Normal Modes
  • 27 March: Normal Modes
  • 29 March: Refraction/Reflection Methods
  • 31 March: Refraction Methods
  • 3 April: Reflection Methods (Travel-Time)
  • 5 April: Reflection Methods (Dix Equations; Dipping Layer; Tau-P)
  • 7 April: Reflection Methods (Tau-P; Data Gathers)
  • 10 April: Reflection Methods (Processing of Seismic Sections)
  • 12 April: Reflection Processing
  • 14 April: Snell's Law and Ray-Tracing in Spherical Geometry
  • 17 April: Structure of the Earth's Deep Interior
  • 19 April: Anisotropy
  • 21 April: Anisotropy (Cont'd)
  • 24 April: Anisotropy (Cont'd); Amplitudes: Geometrical Spreading
  • 26 April: Amplitudes: Multipathing, Scattering
  • 28 April: Amplitudes: Intrinsic Attenuation