Ge 108: Applications of Physics to the Earth Sciences
Instructor: Mike Brown,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 395-8423, 168 S. Mudd.
TA: Margarita Marinova,
email@example.com, 395-6960, 160 S. Mudd.
Meets: 10:30-noon T, Th, S. Mudd classroom
Many of your problem sets will involve using MATLAB to obtain simple numerical
solutions. Caltech has a nice site license so you can download it for free.
Click here to learn how to get MATLAB
running on your computer.
Each week we will cover 2 lectures in approximately this order
Lecture 1 1st order differential
Lecture 2 Applications of 1st order
DEs. Look here for the MATLAB program
solve the foxes and the rabbits problem.
Lecture 3 Heat flow.
Lecture 4 Applications of diffusion.
Lecture 5 Radiation.
Lecture 6 Radiative transfer.
Lecture 7 Applications of radiative
Lecture 8 Numerical methods
Lecture 9 Gravitation
Lecture 10 Gravitational potentials
Lecture 11 Oscillations
Lecture 12 Forced oscillations
Lecture 13 Coupled oscillations
Lecture 14 Waves
Lecture 15 Wave propagation
Problem sets are due at 9am on Tuesday mornings
Problem set 1. Download numeric.m (MATLAB)
Problem set 2. Download diffuse.m (MATLAB) and
Problem set 3.
Problem set 4. Download f.m
Problem set 5
Problem set 6. Fun with
Problem set 7. Surf for waves.m here
Problem set 8.
Schedule of classes
||First order differential equations
||Heat flow and diffusion
||Radiation (NO CLASS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY!)
||Radiative transfer and applications
||Gravitation and gravitational potentials
|| MIDTERM DUE TUESDAY AT 9AM . NO HOMEWORK DUE. Oscillations
||Coupled oscillations and waves
||Wave propagation (NO CLASS THURSDAY)
||(THANKSGIVING; NO CLASS WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY)
||(NO CLASS TUESDAY)
|| FINAL DUE FRIDAY 12 DEC AT 5PM