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**Instructor**:

Ramón Arrowsmith

PSF 640

Office hours: by appt.

Office #: 965-3541

Email: ramon.arrowsmith@asu.edu

**Teaching Assistant**:

Olaf Zielke

PSF 477

Office hours: MW 1-2 pm in his office. Make an appointment to meet in the SESEICF.

Office #: 965-4053

Email: olaf.zielke@asu.edu

**Classroom: PS H461**
**Monday and Wednesday lecture/lab 5-7 pm**
**GLG410 (undergraduate students) line #: 77933, 3 units
GLG598 (graduate students--who will have higher expectations and additional class assignments) line #: 77965, 3 units **

Practically speaking, there are many different angles to the question of what should geoscientists know about computers and their use. I think that you can put it two ways: 1) knowledge of the specific applications and mixtures of applications necessary to gather and manipulate data and models and to present the results, and 2) knowledge of the general role of computers in our society and in the world today. There is a growing gap between the people who understand and know how to use computers, and those who do not. You need to be on the side of the former. A related and important topic is what geoscientists should know about mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

A dilemma that I see for this course is where we should put our feet between specific applications, general literacy, and analytical tools. We will try to steer the class somewhere in the range of equal time among these, with a slightly greater emphasis on the analytical aspects because that can be harder to learn by yourself.

The modular approach permits the course to focus on different earth science problems varying from hardware and data input/output, Internet applications, 3D visualization, simulation, and presentation of results. At the end of the course, the students are expected to be able to solve geological problems using computers. Therefore, they should be familiar with operating systems, typical software applications, and the basic programming tools of the Internet, visualization, and simulation.

The 3 credit hour course consists of two days of 2 hour combined lectures/labs.

Grades are 70% for quizzes, lab, and homework exercises and 30% for a project presented to the class.

Grades will not be assigned on a curve. There is not a predetermined number of As, Bs, or Cs. You are competing against my expectations, not your classmates. I have different expectations for graduate students taking this course. I will occasionally post point totals so you can see how you are doing.

**Note**: Any student who feels that he or she may need accommodations
for any sort of physical or learning disability, please speak to me after
class, make an appointment to see Ramon or Olaf.

Last modified: August 20, 2007