Honors | Earthquakes and Volcanoes
E105 | 0182 | Hamburger, M.
Course Description: This course presents an introduction to the most
exciting-and sometimes terrifying-reminders that we live on a dynamic
planet. The class will examine both scientific and societal aspects of
earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. We will examine their fundamental
causes, focusing on the new theory of global earth dynamics known as plate
tectonics. We will document the effects of earthquakes and volcanic
eruptions, including the wide range of secondary effects-such as
landslides, mud flows, and tsunamis (tidal waves)-that accompany these
natural disasters. Finally, we will explore the effects of earthquakes and
volcanic eruptions on human societies, and approaches to mitigation of
Textbooks: The class will use two main textbooks: Bruce Bolt's
Earthquakes, 2nd ed. (W. H. Freeman, 1993), and Robert and Barbara
Decker's Volcanoes, 3rd ed. (Freeman, 1997). The lab manual, also required
for the course is Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Lab Manual by James Brophy
and Michael Hamburger (Burgess, 1997). All three books should be available
at the I.U. Bookstore, Campus Bookstore, and T.I.S. The three textbooks,
as well as additional readings, will be on reserve in the Geology Library,
located on the 6th floor of the Geology Building.
Grading: Your grade in the course will be based on two quizzes (10%), a
mid-term (20%) and final examination (35%), and laboratory or discussion
exercises (35%). Examinations will include a mixture of multiple-choice,
short-answer, and essay questions. Students will not ordinarily be
permitted to make-up quizzes, examinations, and laboratory exercises.
Laboratory Sections: The laboratory sessions will emphasize a
quantitative, scientific approach to examining the fundamental-physical
and chemical processes in the Earth that are responsible for earthquakes
and volcanic activity. The labs will also emphasize the application of
seismological and volcanological knowledge to problems of natural hazard
reduction. Some of the laboratory exercises will involve application of
Classroom Attendance: Attendance at lectures and labs is required! Exam
questions will emphasize components from readings, classroom lectures and
Warning: Low attendance will turn scheduled quizzes into pop quizzes!
Sale of Class Notes: Sale of notes from this class is prohibited. Students
violating this rule will be expelled from the class.