John E Vidale
Earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest and around the world - their cause and relationship to plate tectonics; why, where, and when they occur. How earthquakes affect human life: shaping landscape, hazards. Laboratory explores physical processes associated with earthquakes. One field trip. Open to non-science majors.
Earthquakes and related natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
Student learning goals
The cause and mechanics of earthquakes.
Where earthquakes strike around Seattle and the world.
The effects of earthquakes on society.
The basics of the related hazards landslides, volcanoes, and tsunamis.
A modicum about science research and hazard mitigation.
General method of instruction
Lectures, labs, and a group writing and presentation project.
An open mind (not too much math).
Class assignments and grading
Strictly numerical based on performance on tests and assignments.