E-PSCI 202. Mechanics in Earth and Environmental Science


  • Professor: James Rice
  • Term: Fall
  • Days: T, Th
  • Time: 12:00-1:15
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Course ID: 124688
  • Subject Area: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Introduction to the mechanics of fluids and solids, organized around earth and environmental phenomena. Conservation laws, stress, deformation and flow. Inviscid fluids and ocean gravity waves; Coriolis dominated large scale flows. Viscosity and groundwater seepage; convective cells; boundary layers. Turbulent stream flows; flood surges; sediment transport. Elasticity and seismic waves. Pore fluid interactions with deformation and failure of earth materials, as in poro-mechanics of consolidation, cracking, faulting, and landslides. Ice sheets and glacial flow mechanics.
Note: EPS 202 is also offered as APPHY 202. Students may not take both for credit.
Prerequisite: Calculus-based introductory physics at the level of Physics 11 or 15 and Mathematics at the level of Applied Mathematics 21 and 105.