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

How to take this class:

Attend each lecture listed below either live in class or online, or listen to the recording online. Lectures will be 3:30-4:50 pm PDT in the th IGPP Board Room.

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 your answers to Problems are due the week after they are assigned - 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. Don't 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 (30%), there will be a midterm (30%), a final project (30%), and one mandatory but totally fun field trip on May 3rd (10%).

Paleomagnetism Seminar

Students of SIO 247 are encouraged to take SIO 249, a twice monthly 1 hour (1 unit) seminar in which students, post-docs and faculty in geomagnetism and paleomagnetism discuss the current literature and present their own research.

MagIC Database Workshop

Students are encouraged to participate in the Magnetics Information Consortium (MagIC) Workshop May 12-13 as you are able. This is a special treat with the who's who of paleomagnetism showing up to talk about applications of paleomagnetic data. Keynotes will be recorded so you can watch them later if you miss one of interest.


Date Lecturer Topic Reading Assignment Recording (if available)
April 1, 2014 Tauxe Class overview

PmagPy Cookbook

Quick Start; lecture notes

Install Enthought Python, PmagPy package Lecture 1

April 3, 2014

Tauxe Python Crash Course

Cookbook Chapter 6

lecture notes

Write a python script to print out your favorite aphorism Lecture 2
April 8, 2014 Tauxe Physics of Magnetism

Chapter 1, lecture notes

Problems 1.1, 1.2 &1.4



April 10


The Geomagnetic Field

Chapter 2

lecture notes

Problems 2.1, 2.2 Lecture 4
April 15 Cromwell

Magnetism at the Atomic Level, Pt 1

Chapter 3

lecture notes

Problems 2.3, 3.1  
April 17 Cromwell

Magnetism at the Atomic Level, Pt 2



April 22 Shaar

Magnetic energy, domains, and hysteresis

Chapters 4, 5

lecture notes

Problem 4.2, 5.2

Lecture 6
April 24 Shaar

Magnetic Mineralogy

Chapter 6

lecture notes

Problems 6.1 & 6.2 Lecture 7
April 28 Tauxe Natural Remanences

Chapter 7

lecture notes

Problems 7.1, 7.2, 7.4 Lecture 8
May 1 Tauxe Learn how to analyze the data you generate

Chapter 9

lecture notes

Problems 9.1 and 9.6

Lecture 9
May 3rd Tauxe/Shaar

Special Saturday Field Trip

May 6 Tauxe MIDTERM EXAM!!!

all of the above



May 8 Tauxe Applied Rock Magnetism

Chapter 8

lecture notes

Start on the lab assignment

due by end of quarter

Lecture 10 Part I

Lecture 10 Part II

May 12-14   MagIC Workshop


Attend the workshop as you can!

GPlates talk

Environmental Mag


May 15 Tauxe Paleomagnetic data analysis - Fisher statistics

Chapter 11

lecture notes

Problem 11.1 Lecture 11
May 20 Tauxe Monte Carlo simulation and bootstrapping in paleomagnetism

Chapter 12

lecture notes

Problems 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3. Lecture 12
May 22 Tauxe Anisotropy in paleomagnetism

Chapter 13

lecture notes

Turn in a 2 page proposal for your final project.

Lecture 13

May 27 Tauxe Paleointensity

Chapter 10

lecture notes

Problem 10.1

Recording failed

May 29 Tauxe

The ancient geomagnetic field - intro, Paleosecular variation, Reversals and Excursions

Chapter 14

lecture notes

Problem 14.1

Lecture 15

June 3 Tauxe The Geomagnetic polarity time scale, Magnetostratigraphy

Chapter 15

lecture notes

Problems 15.1 & 15.2 Lecture 16
June 5 Tauxe Poles and apparent polar wander, Plate tectonic reconstructions

Chapter 16

lecture notes

Problem 16.5 Lecture 17
June 9 3-6pm students Student presentations - 15 min powerpoint on your final project