Category Archives: Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

  • 10.571J / 12.306 / 12.806J Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, Spring 2006
    This course provides an introduction to the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere, including exper
  • 12.000 Solving Complex Problems, Fall 2003
    Solving Complex Problems provides an opportunity for entering freshmen to gain first-hand experience
  • 12.005 Applications of Continuum Mechanics to Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Spring 2006
    This course focuses on the practical applications of the continuum concept for deformation of solids
  • 12.007 Geobiology, Spring 2003
    The interactive Earth system: biology in geologic, environmental and climate change throughout Earth
  • 12.010 Computational Methods of Scientific Programming, Fall 2005
    This course introduces programming languages and techniques used by physical scientists: FORTRAN, C,
  • 12.085 Seminar in Environmental Science, Fall 2005
    Required for all Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences majors in the Environmental Science trac
  • 12.091 Trace Element Analysis of Geological, Biological & Environmental Materials by Neutron Activation Analysis: An Exposure, January (IAP) 2005
    This course introduces students to the technique of instrumental neutron activation analysis. This i
  • 12.091 Medical Geology/Geochemistry: An Exposure, January (IAP) 2006
    This course introduces students to the basic concepts of Medical Geology/Geochemistry. Medical Geolo
  • 12.097 Chemical Investigations of Boston Harbor, January (IAP) 2006
    This is an undergraduate introductory laboratory subject in ocean chemistry and measurement. There a
  • 12.102 Environmental Earth Science, Fall 2005
    The geologic record demonstrates that our environment has changed over a variety of time scales from
  • 12.103 Strange Bedfellows: Science and Environmental Policy, Fall 2005
    12.103 explores the role of scientific knowledge, discovery, method, and argument in environmental p
  • 12.108 Structure of Earth Materials, Fall 2004
    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to crystalline structure, crystal chemistry, and b
  • 12.109 Petrology, Fall 2005
    This undergraduate petrology course surveys the distribution, chemical composition, and mineral asso
  • 12.110 Sedimentary Geology, Fall 2004
    This course covers sediments in the rock cycle, production of sediments at the Earth\’s surface, phy
  • 12.113 Structural Geology, Fall 2005
    Structural geology is the study of processes and products of rock deformation. This course introduce
  • 12.114 Field Geology I, Fall 2005
    The course provides students with (1) an introduction to the geologic history of western North Ameri
  • 12.119 Analytical Techniques for Studying Environmental and Geologic Samples, Spring 2006
    This is a laboratory course supplemented by lectures that focus on selected analytical facilities th
  • 12.141 Electron Microprobe Analysis by Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry, January (IAP) 2006
    This lab-oriented course introduces the student to the subject of X-ray spectrometry and micro-scale
  • 12.163 / 12.463 Surface Processes and Landscape Evolution, Fall 2004
    The course offers an introduction to quantitative analysis of geomorphic processes, and examines the
  • 12.201 / 12.501 Essentials of Geophysics, Fall 2004
    This course is designed to be a survey of the various subdisciplines of geophysics (geodesy, gravity
  • 12.215 Modern Navigation, Fall 2002
    The development of the Global Positioning System (GPS) started in the 1960s, and the system
  • 12.301 / 12.842 Past and Present Climate (12.301) / Climate Physics and Chemistry (12.842), Fall 2005
    This course introduces students to climate studies, including beginnings of the solar system, time s
  • 12.333 Atmospheric and Ocean Circulations, Spring 2004
    In this course, we will look at many important aspects of the circulation of the atmosphere and ocea
  • 12.400 The Solar System, Spring 2006
    This is an introduction to the study of the solar system with emphasis on the latest spacecraft resu
  • 12.409 Hands-On Astronomy: Observing Stars and Planets, Spring 2002
    This class introduces the student to the use of small telescopes, either for formal research or as a
  • 12.453 Crosby Lectures in Geology: History of Africa, Fall 2005
    This course is a series of presentations on an advanced topic in the field of geology by the visitin
  • 12.480 Thermodynamics for Geoscientists, Spring 2004
    Principles of thermodynamics are used to infer the physical conditions of formation and modification
  • 12.490 Advanced Igneous Petrology, Fall 2005
    Advanced Igneous Petrology covers the history of and recent developments in the study of igneous roc
  • 12.491 Advanced Seminar in Geology and Geochemistry: Organic Geochemistry, Fall 2005
    12.491 is a seminar focusing on problems of current interest in geology and geochemistry. For Fall 2
  • 12.510 Introduction to Seismology, Spring 2005
    This graduate level course presents a basic study in seismology and the utilization of seismic waves
  • 12.517 Dynamics of Complex Systems: Complexity in Ecology, Spring 2000
    In this class we will critically review both classical works and recent literature on complexit
  • 12.517 Dynamics of Complex Systems: Ecological Theory, Spring 2001
    In this class we will critically review both classical works and recent literature on ecological the
  • 12.517 Dynamics of Complex Systems: Biological and Environmental Coevolution Preceding the Cambrian Explosion, Spring 2005
    This seminar will focus on dynamical change in biogeochemical cycles accompanying early animal evolu
  • 12.520 Geodynamics, Fall 2005
    This course deals with mechanics of deformation of the crust and mantle, with emphasis on the import
  • 12.520 Geodynamics, Fall 2002
    This course deals with mechanics of deformation of the crust and mantle, with emphasis on the import
  • 12.524 Mechanical Properties of Rocks, Fall 2005
    12.524 is a survey of the mechanical behavior of rocks in natural geologic situations. Topics will i
  • 12.540 Principles of the Global Positioning System, Spring 2003
    The aim of this course is to introduce the principles of the Global Positioning System and to&#
  • 12.570 Seminar in Geophysics: Mantle Convection, Spring 1998
    This cross-disciplinary course aims to understand the historical development and the current status
  • 12.570 Seminar in Geophysics: Thermal and Chemical Evolution of the Earth, Spring 2005
    The main objective of this cross-disciplinary course is to understand the historical development and
  • 12.570 Structure and Dynamics of the CMB Region, Spring 2004
    The Core Mantle Boundary (CMB) represents one of the most important physical and chemical discontinu
  • 12.581 Phase Transitions in the Earth’s Interior, Spring 2005
    This course discusses phase transitions in Earth\’s interior. Phase transitions in Earth materials a
  • 12.740 Paleoceanography, Spring 2006
    This class examines tools, data, and ideas related to past climate changes as seen in marine, ice co
  • 12.800 Fluid Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean, Fall 2004
    This class introduces fluid dynamics to first year graduate students. The aim is to help students ac
  • 12.802 Wave Motions in the Ocean and Atmosphere, Spring 2004
    This course is an introduction to basic ideas of geophysical wave motion in rotating, stratified, an
  • 12.804 Large-scale Flow Dynamics Lab, Fall 2005
    12.804 is a laboratory accompaniment to 12.803, Quasi-balanced Circulations in Oceans and Atmosphere
  • 12.808 Introduction to Observational Physical Oceanography, Fall 2004
    Observational physical oceanography includes topics such as theĀ  physical description of t
  • 12.811 Tropical Meteorology, Spring 2005
    This course describes the behavior and dynamics of the tropical troposphere, from the large-scale en
  • 12.812 General Circulation of the Earth’s Atmosphere, Fall 2005
    This course examines diagnostic studies of the Earth\’s atmosphere and discusses their implicat
  • 12.815 Atmospheric Radiation, Fall 2005
    This is an introduction to the physics of atmospheric radiation and remote sensing including use of
  • 12.820 / 12.822 Turbulence in Geophysical Systems, Spring 2004
    This course presents the phenomena, theory, and modeling of turbulence in the Earth\’s oceans and at
  • 12.864 Inference from Data and Models, Spring 2005
    This course covers the fundamental methods used for exploring the information content of observation
  • 12.950 Atmospheric and Oceanic Modeling, Spring 2004
    The numerical methods, formulation and parameterizations used in models of the circulation of the at
  • 12.990 Prediction and Predictability in the Atmosphere and Oceans, Spring 2003
    Forecasting is the ultimate form of model validation. But even if a perfect model is in hand, i
  • 12.S56 GPS: Civilian Tool or Military Weapon?, Fall 2005
    This is a freshman advising seminar (FAS). The professor of a FAS is the first year advisor to