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 10:30-11:50 am PST in 229 Ritter Hall.

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 ipython notebook and all necessary datafiles in it 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 Feb 14th (10%).

Date Lecturer Topic Reading Assignment Lecture/Recording (if available)

Jan. 5

Tauxe Class overview

PmagPy Cookbook, Chapter 1,3

Install Python and PmagPy package, find your command line and verify installation US Lecture01.pdf

Jan. 7

Tauxe Python Crash Course

PmagPy CookbookChapter 6/7


Write your first script using IPython notebook Lecture02.pdf
Jan. 12 Tauxe Physics of Magnetism

Essentials, Chapter 1

Problems 1.1, 1.2 &1.4 Solution




Jan. 14


The Geomagnetic Field

Chapter 2

Problems 2.1, 2.2 Solution



Jan. 21 Tauxe

Magnetism at the Atomic Level

Chapter 3

Problems 2.3, 3.1template



Jan. 26 Tauxe

Magnetic energy, domains, and hysteresis

Chapters 4, 5

Problem 4.2, 5.2



Jan. 28

Tauxe Magnetic Mineralogy Chapter 6

Problems 6.1 & 6.2




Feb 2 Tauxe

Natural Remanences


Chapter 7

Problems 7.1, 7.2

Feb 4 Tauxe

Applied Rock Magnetism

Chapter 8

Problems 7.4, 8.3  
Feb 9 Tauxe Getting a magnetic vector

Chapter 9

Problems 9.1 and 9.6  
Feb 11 Tauxe


Feb 14   Special Saturday Field Trip    


Feb 18 Tauxe Paleomagnetic data analysis - Fisher statistics

Chapter 11

Problem 11.1


Feb 23 Tauxe Monte Carlo simulation and bootstrapping in paleomagnetism

Chapter 12


Problems 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3.


Feb 25 Tauxe Anisotropy in paleomagnetism

Chapter 13

Turn in a 2 page proposal for your final project.


Mar 2 Tauxe Paleointensity

Chapter 10

Problem 10.1  
Mar 4 Tauxe

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

Chapter 14

Problem 14.1  
Mar 9 Tauxe The Geomagnetic polarity time scale, Magnetostratigraphy

Chapter 15


Problems 15.1 & 15.2


Mar 11 Tauxe Poles and apparent polar wander, Plate tectonic reconstructions

Chapter 16


Problem 16.5


Mar 20


students Student presentations - 15 min powerpoint on your final project