Lisa Tauxe, 300E Ritter Hall, 858-534-6084

ltauxe@ucsd.edu, http://scrippsscholars.ucsd.edu/ltauxe

How to take this class:

Attend each lecture listed below either live in class or online, or listen to the recording online (if available). Lectures will be W/F at 2:00-3:20 pm PDT in the Sea Cave of the Eckart Building.

Do the required reading in the textbook, Essentials of Paleomagnetism. Don’t just skim the reading for clues to answer the homework - read the entire assigned part with concentration.

Work the assigned problems and e-mail a zip file with the jupyter notebook and all necessary datafiles in it to ltauxe@ucsd.edu. Problems are due the first lecture of the week after they are assigned (on Wednesday!) - but don’t procrastinate! The purpose of these assignments is to allow you to work through the lecture and reading material in an active way. You may consult with your fellow students, but the work you turn in must be your own. Do not just copy or modify answers from others, including handouts from previous classes - that is not what this class is about and will be considered cheating. Students suspected of cheating will be reported to the Academic Integrity Office.

In addition to the homework assignments (40%), there will be a field and lab project (30%) and final project or your choice (30%). The mandatory but totally fun field trip will take place on April, 16.

The most up-to-date information for this class will be at:


NOTE: In order to download the notebook template files you must right click on the mouse and ’download linked file’. Move it to your homework directory with the termination ’.ipynb’ (NOT .txt). Then you can open the file using jupyter notebook as described in Lecture 1.

Schedule - dates subject to change

Date Topic Reading/Assignment Lecture Notes Solutions

Mar. 30Class overview PmagPy Cookbook, Lecture01.pdf
Chaps. 1, 4 & 8 HW_1 template
Install software,
find command line
create jupyter notebook

Apr 1 Python Crash Course PmagPy Cookbook Lecture02.pdf
Chaps 7 HW_2 template

Apr. 6 Physics of Magnetism Essentials Chap. 1 Lecture03.pdf
Problems 1.1, 1.2 &1.4 HW_3 templateHW 3

Apr. 8 The Geomagnetic Field Essentials Chap. 2 Lecture04.pdf
Problems 2.1 & 2.2 HW_4 templateHW 4

Apr. 13Magnetism at the Atomic Level Essentials Chap. 3 Lecture05.pdf
Problems 2.3 & 3.1 HW_5 templateHW 5

Apr. 15Magnetic energy, domains, &hysteresisEssentials Chaps. 4 & 5 Lecture06.pdf
Problems 4.2 & 5.2 HW_6 templateHW 6

Apr. 16Special Saturday Field Trip Meet in Sverdrup Lot
at 7am

Apr. 20Natural Remanences Essentials Chap. 7 Lecture07.pdf HW 7
Problems 7.2 & 7.4 HW_7 template

Apr 22 Getting a magnetic vector Essentials Chap. 9 Lecture08.pdf HW_8
Problems 9.1 & 9.6

Apr 27 Meet in lab Prepare specimens
from field trip

Apr 29 Meet in lab Measuring specimens
and schedule lab time

May 4 Paleomagnetic data analysis Essentials Chap. 11 Lecture09.pdf HW˙9
Fisher statistics Problem 11.1

May 6 Magnetic Mineralogy Essentials Chap. 6 Lecture10.pdf HW˙10
Problems 6.1, 6.2 & 7.1

May 11 Applied Rock Magnetism Essentials Chap. 8 Lecture11.pdf HW˙11
Problems 8.1 & 8.3

May 13 Monte Carlo simulation Essentials Chap. 12 Lecture12.pdf HW˙12
and bootstrapping in paleomagnetism Problem 12.3

May 18 Anisotropy in paleomagnetism Essentials Chap. 13 Lecture13.pdf HW˙13
Problem 13.3
& 2pg project proposal

May 20 Paleointensity Essentials Chap. 10 Lecture14.pdf
Problem 10.1

May 25 The ancient geomagnetic field Essentials Chap. 14 Lecture15.pdf
Paleosecular variation, Reversals
and Excursions Problems 14.1, 14.2 & 14.4

May 27 The Geomagnetic polarity time scale Essentials Chap. 15 Lecture16.pdf
Magnetostratigraphy work on project

June 1 Poles and apparent polar wander Essentials Chap. 16 Lecture17.pdf
Plate tectonic reconstructions work on project

June 3 Free - work on your projects

June 8 Student presentations
15 min. ppt on final project

June 10Project reports due