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GEOP  412

Xiaobing Zhou, Associate Professor of Geophysicis

GEOP 412

Gravity  &  Magnetic  Exploration

Lecture: T R 12:00pm-1:15pm at ELC329

Instructor: Dr. Xiaobing Zhou, Email:, Tel: 496-4350

Office Hours: M/W/F 10:00 am -11:00am, ELC 304

Textbook (required)

Blakely, R. J., Potential Theory in Gravity & Magnetic Applications, Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Main Reference (recommended):

W. M. Telford, L. P. Geldart, and R. E. Sheri , Applied Geophysics, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, 1991. (Chapters 2-3, Appendix A).

Other references

Nettleton's Gravity and Magnetics in Oil Prospecting (McGraw-Hill, 1976);
Rao, B. S. R., Murthy, I. V. R., Gravity and magnetic methods of prospecting, New Delhi : Arnold-Heinemann, 1978. TN269.R2.
Dick Gibson's Gravity & Magnetics Short Course;
02-363 Preliminary Gravity Inversion Model of Frenchman Flat Basin, Nevada Test Site, Nevada
98-0333 Montana Aeromagnetic and Gravity Maps and Data
97-0725 Potential-Field Geophysical Software for the PC, version 2.2. (Supersedes Open-File Reoprt 92-18.)
Casten U., and Gram, Chr., Recent developments in underground gravity surveys. Geophysical Prospecting, 37, 73-90, 1989.

Course out-comings (complying with ABET A-K): After this course, you (the student) should have
    A. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
    B. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
    G. An ability to communicate effectively.
    K. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Grade Policy: The final course grade will be determined approximately as follows:

  • Homework: 20%
  • Quizzes and tests: 40%
  • Project or final: 40%

The instructor reserves the right to give extra credit to active participation and demonstrated interest and capability. Grading scale observes: A=(92,100], A-=[90, 92], B+=(87, 90), B=[83, 87], B-=[80, 83), C+=(77, 80), C=[73, 77], C-=[70, 73), D+=(67, 70), D=[63, 67], D-=[60, 63), F=[0, 60). [ or ] means inclusive, ( or ) means exclusive.

Homework: Homework will be assigned on Wednesday and due the following Wednesday. Some assignment will involve development of computer programs.

  1. Gravimeters
    • Worden gravimeter
    • LaCoste & Romberg gravimeter
    • Absolute drop gravimeter
    • Bolehole gravimeter

  2. Magnetometers:
    • G-856AX magnetometer/gravimeter
    • Fluxgate magnetometer
    • Proton procession magnetometer
    • Optically pumped magnetometer
    • SQUID magnetometer

  3. Models
    • WGS 84 Earth Gravitational Model
Tentative Schedule:
Date   Day   Lecture No.   Topic   Read assignment  
(Due each Tuesday)
Jan-12-12 Thursday Lecture 1 Week 1: Introduction, vector calculus, and MATLAB History G & M introductionAppendix A
Jan-17-12 Jan-19-12 Tuesday Thursday Lecture 2 Lecture 3 Week 2: Potential field, Poisson's and Laplace equations Chapter 1 - 2 Homework 1