This class was tough.
I recommend this course because it provides a great introduction to how principals of mechanics are applied to geology. Professor Bergantz does an excellent job at explaining the concepts of a course in ways that everyone in the class can understand.
In this course we learned about several interesting topics that cross mechanics with geology. They included: Heat flux through the earth's crust - how it is measured and modeled. Strength of geologic materials and how to represent them with Mohr circles. The principle of isostacy - how it is measured and modeled. Fluid flow under pressure (working with Bernoulli's equation) Porous media flow - how it is measured and modeled.
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Advice for students:
The labs are much easier if you have prior experience with Matlab. Prepare a lot for the midterm and final exams, they make up a lot of your grade. Make sure you understand how to use all aspects of Mohr's circle.