**Teaching**

*Xiaobing Zhou,
Associate Professor
of Geophysics*

Fall Semester:

GEOP
302 -- Elements of
Geophysics (Fall 05-13)

Principles of physics applied to geology, earth and environmental
sciences, with emphasis on exploration of the shallow subsurface (~500 m).
Topics include seismic method, electrical resistivity and electrical method,
gravity, magnetic method, ground penetrating radar, and remote sensing.
Geophysical instrumentation, data acquisition and analysis, and geologic
interpretation of geophysical data. This course is for students who want to be
practicing civil engineers, geologists, archaeologists, and environmental
practitioners, geohydrologist, and/or scientists who need knowledge and skills of modern
geophysical methods relevant to their disciplines.
(Prerequisites: PHSX 235, PHSX 237, M 274 or permission of instructor.)

**PHSX
322 -- Electronics for Scientists**
(Fall 05-13)

This course will introduce you the basic concepts and physical
principles of electronic elements and elementary circuits, and circuits
design
in electronics. Emphasis is on analog circuit analysis; semiconductors;
diode
theory, diodes, and diode circuits; transistor fundamentals,
transistors, BJTs,
FFETs, MOSFETs; amplifiers, op-amps; logic gates; and integrated
circuits.
The objectives are to understand how electronic elements and circuits
work and
to develop capability and skills in analyzing circuits and designing
functional
circuits from integrated circuit building blocks.

P**HSX 237 -- General Physics III - Electricity,
Magnetism, & Wave Motion**
(Fall 06-09, 11-12)

This is the third course in the
calculus-based physics sequence. Basic physical concepts, laws,
properties,
nature, and implication for modern sciences of electricity, magnetism,
and electromagnetic waves are covered. Basic
electronic elements - resistor, capacitor, inductaor, etc. are
introduced. Basic circuit analysis is covered. The
development of problem-solving
skills fundamental to students of all branches of engineering will be
emphasized. (Prerequisites:
M 273 (Multivariable
Calculus), PHYS 1046
(General Physics - Mechanics), PHSX 237 (General Physics–Heat, Sound,
& Optics).
Corequisite: M 274 (Differential
Equations)).
Textbook: *Physics
for Scientists and Engineers, *7th Edition,
Serway & Jewett (Thomson-Brooks/Cole
publishers, 2008).

GEOP
491/595 --
Remote Sensing and GIS
Applications (Fall 10 - )

Emphasis on remote sensing physical principles, imaging principles and
systems, satellite image processing, interpretation of remotely sensed
data, and integration of remote sensing with GIS. Remote sensing
applications to geophysics, geology, hydrology, forestry, agriculture,
mineral and oil exploration, natural hazards monitoring (earthquakes,
volcanoes, droughts and floods, landslides and land subsidence, wild
forest fires), and land and resource management. A brief introduction
of GIS will be given from the application point of view so that the
integration of remote sensing and GIS can be accomplished.
(Prerequisites: PHSX 237 or permission of instructor.
GEOP 491 and 595 lectures shared, but 595 is graded separately
and additional graduate-level work is required.)

GEOP 595-01 -- Geoprocessing in ArcGIS for Remote Sensing (Fall 09 - )

This is one of our advanced topic courses designed for now as an independent study class only for graduate students. Possibly it will be developed as a lecturing and lab class in the future for advanced upper level students and graduate students. Contents include geoprocessing basics, geoprocessing system tools in the context of ArcGIS, remote sensing data and data formats, geoprocessing model building using ArcGIS ModelBuilder and ERDAS Imagine Modeler for batch processing, geoprocessing model building using scripts in Arc Macro Language (AML), Python, or ERDAS Spatial Modeler Language (SML), integration of remote sensing and GIS for applications in earth and environmental sciences and engineering. (Prerequisites: GEOP 491/595 and permission of instructor).

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**Spring Semetser:**

The theory of gravity and magnetic fields of the earth, the
principles
of field instrumentation and application, the techniques for data
acquisition, data reduction and mining, and field data interpretation
will be discussed. The emphasis will be on potential theory as applied
to the calculation of gravity and magnetic effects, the use of modeling
in data interpretation, continuation of potential fields, and
processing of field data. Exercises will be devoted to field surveys,
data reduction, processing and interpretation. [Prerequisites: PHSX
237 or PHSX 423 (Electricity & Magnetism); M 273
(Multivariable Calculus); M 274 (Differential
Equations)].

Textbook:
Potential
Theory in Gravity & Magnetic
Applications by Dr Richard J. Blakely (Cambridge
University Press, 1995). Main reference
book: A*pplied
Geophysics, *2nd
Edition, Chapters 2-3, W.
M. Telford, L. P. Geldart, and R. E. Sheri (Cambridge
University Press, 2nd Ed., 1990).
Instrumentation and field survey: handout.

**GEOP 509 --
Problems in Gravity & Magnetic Prospecting** (Spring 06-12)

This course is for graduate students and upper level
undergraduates. Topics will be selected based on the interests of the
class members, but generally will cover topics in potential
theory, gravity and magnetic
surveys at various scales - from space based satellite gravity,
gradiometry, and magnetic measurement, airborne gravity and magnetic
surveys, to exploration scale (mining and oil exploration) and
reservoir scale (hydrocarbon development), forward modeling and
inversion, instrumentation,
data reduction and interpretation, or any other topics that class
members are interested. (Prerequisites: GEOP 412 or
Consent of instructor).

P**HSX 237 -- General Physics III - Electricity,
Magnetism, & Wave Motion**
(Spring 06-08, 10-12)

This is the third course in the
calculus-based physics sequence. Basic physical concepts, laws,
properties,
nature, and implication for modern sciences of electricity, magnetism,
and electromagnetic waves are covered. Basic
electronic elements - resistor, capacitor, inductaor, etc. are
introduced. Basic circuit analysis is covered. The
development of problem-solving
skills fundamental to students of all branches of engineering will be
emphasized. (Prerequisites:
M 273 (Multivariable
Calculus), PHYS 1046
(General Physics - Mechanics), PHYS 2076 (General Physics–Heat, Sound,
& Optics).
Corequisite: M 274 (Differential
Equations)).
Textbook: *Physics
for Scientists and Engineers, *7th Edition,
Serway & Jewett (Thomson-Brooks/Cole
publishers, 2008).

**PHSX 423 --
Electricity & Magnetism I **(Spring
07-12)

This is an advanced course on electricity and magnetism
for upper level and graduate students. Calculus of vector and field
will be introduced or reviewed. Focus will be on basic concepts and
laws of electrostatics and magnetostatics; boundary value problems;
derivation of capacitance and inductance; non-time varying Maxwell's
equations; relationship between force, charge, and motion in electric
and magnetic fields; time-varying electric and magnetic fields; time
varying Maxwell's equations; derivations of the wave equations for time
harmonic fields; plane wave solution of the wave equations; interaction
of plane electromagnetic waves to dielectric boundaries, perfect
conducting boundaries, and lossy media boundaries. Prerequisites: PHSX
237; M 274 (Differential
Equations);
PHSX 453(Methods of Theoretical Physics) or M 405(Advanced
Engineering Mathematics).

GEOP
491/595 --
Remote Sensing and GIS
Applications (Spring 09)

Emphasis on remote sensing physical principles, imaging principles and
systems, satellite image processing, interpretation of remotely sensed
data, and integration of remote sensing with GIS. Remote sensing
applications to geophysics, geology, hydrology, forestry, agriculture,
mineral and oil exploration, natural hazards monitoring (earthquakes,
volcanoes, droughts and floods, landslides and land subsidence, wild
forest fires), and land and resource management. A brief introduction
of GIS will be given from the application point of view so that the
integration of remote sensing and GIS can be accomplished.
(Prerequisites: PHSX 237 or permission of instructor.
GEOP 491 and 595 lectures shared, but 595 is graded separately
and additional graduate-level work is required.)

**Summer Session:**

**GEOP 421
-- Field
Geology &
Geophysics** (Co-teach, Summer 06-12)

This is a summer field course for six weeks. The first
three week will consist of measurement and description of rock units,
mapping on aerial photos and topographic maps, and detailed outcrop
mapping of a mining prospect. The rest three weeks will be devoted
to geophysical surveys using electrical, gravity, magnetic, and seismic
reflection and refraction methods. Focus will be on data collection,
analysis using geophysical softwares, and interpretation. These methods
will be applied mostly to problems identified during the geologic
mapping. The map area contains mineral deposits and complex structures
of Montana's over-thrust belt. ( Prerequisite: GEOP 302). Valuable
text: Field Geophysics,**
**3nd Edition**, **by John Milsom, John Wiley &
Sons, Inc., May 2003.

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