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JPE1493H S (ARTS & SCI 493)

Official description

Why do earthquakes occur and how are they related to tectonic motion of the earth's surface?  What is the physics behind the propagation of seismic waves through the earth, and how can it be used to determine the internal structures of the earth?  This introductory course is aimed at understanding the physics behind seismic wave propagation, as well as asymptotic and numerical solutions to the elastodynamic equation.  Travel time and amplitude of seismic waves are discussed based on seismic ray theory, while numerical methods are introduced to obtain accurate solutions to more complex velocity structures.  Seismic tomographic methods, including their applications to hydrocarbon reservoir imaging, are also covered.

JPE395H1, APM346H1/APM351Y1/MAT351Y1
Recommended preparation
ESS345H1 BR=5 , DR=SCI

Additional information

Link to cross listed undergraduate course: JPE493H1 - Seismology

This is an advanced seismology course that covers a range of theoretical and computational topics related to seismic wave propagation, seismic tomography, full-waveform inversion, earthquake sources and fault dynamics, as well as exploration seismology. Detailed topics may vary based on instructors. For the 2020-2021 academic year, we will focus on computational seismology topics, including finite-difference, finite-element and spectral-element methods that can be used to numerically simulate the propagation of seismic waves.

course title
JPE1493H S (ARTS & SCI 493)
cross listed course
time and location
This cross listed course is offered together with PHY493S. For course schedule please see: PHY493S
Liu, Qinya
Qinya Liu

Delivery Methods

In Person

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* Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.

Online - Synchronous
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A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.