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Ritzwoller, Michael H Professor

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  • Prof. Ritzwoller's research focuses on the following areas: theoretical, computational, and observational seismology, geophysical imaging and inversion, ambient noise and earthquake tomography, seismic surface waves and normal modes, modeling the Earth's crust and mantle, the use of seismology in nuclear monitoring, shallow subsurface imaging using seismic waves and surface NMR, X-ray tomographic imaging, and long range acoustic wave propagation in the oceans.

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Teaching

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  • ASTR 6610 - Earth and Planetary Physics 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines mechanics of deformable materials, with applications to earthquake processes. Introduces seismic wave theory. Other topics include inversion of seismic data for the structure, composition and state of the interior of the Earth. Same as GEOL 6610 and PHYS 6610.
  • GEOL 6610 - Earth and Planetary Physics 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Offered alternate years. Examines mechanics of deformable materials, with applications to earthquake processes. Introduces seismic wave theory. Other topics include inversion of seismic data for the structure, composition and state of the interior of the Earth. Same as ASTR 6610 and PHYS 6610.
  • PHIL 4450 - History and Philosophy of Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Investigates the role of experiment in physics. Uses case studies in the history and philosophy of physics and in scientific methodology. Recommended prerequisite: 12 hours philosophy course work. Same as PHIL 5450 and PHYS 4450 and PHYS 5450.
  • PHIL 5450 - History and Philosophy of Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Investigates the role of experiment in physics; case studies in the history and philosophy of physics and in scientific methodology. Same as PHIL 4450 and PHYS 5450 and PHYS 5450.
  • PHYS 2020 - General Physics 2
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Includes three lectures, one two-hour laboratory/recitation per week, plus three evening exams in the fall and spring semesters. Covers electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics. Designed for life science majors, including premed students. Natural science majors with a knowledge of calculus and others taking calculus are urged to take the calculus-based courses PHYS 1110, PHYS 1120, PHYS 1140 and PHYS 2130, rather than PHYS 2010 and PHYS 2020.
  • PHYS 4450 - History and Philosophy of Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Investigates the role of experiment in physics; case studies in the history and philosophy of physics and in scientific methodology. Same as PHYS 5450 and PHIL 4450 and PHIL 5450.
  • PHYS 5450 - History and Philosophy of Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Investigates the role of experiment in physics; case studies in the history and philosophy of physics and in scientific methodology. Same as PHYS 4450 and PHIL 4450 and PHIL 5450.
  • PHYS 6610 - Earth and Planetary Physics 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines mechanics of deformable materials, with applications to earthquake processes. Introduces seismic wave theory. Other topics include inversion of seismic data for the structure, composition and state of the interior of the Earth. Same as GEOL 6610 and ASTR 6610.

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