12.524 Mechanical Properties of Rocks

Fall 2005

Sheared quartzite thin section.
A thin section of sheared quartzite under crossed polarized light. (Image Courtesy of Brian Evans.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes and assignments.

Course Description

12.524 is a survey of the mechanical behavior of rocks in natural geologic situations. Topics will include a brief survey of field evidence of rock deformation, physics of plastic deformation in minerals, brittle fracture and sliding, and pressure-solution processes. We will compare results of field petrologic and structural studies to data from experimental structural geology.
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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. J. Evans

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Labs/Recitations:
One session / week
1 hour / session

Level

Graduate