Initial Class Lectures

Tom Boyd, Associate Professor in the CSM Department of Geophysics and John Lahr, USGS Geophysicist spoke to each of the eight EPICS classes at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Tom lectured on Tectonics and the history of seismic instrumentation and demonstrated the effect of resonant frequency on the response of a sensor.


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John lead some classroom exercises, including one in which a graph is made showing the stick-slip behavior in a sliding block of wood.


A solid rock is bent with bare fingers and then returns to its original shape, demonstrating elasticity.


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Each group of students constructed a simple seismic sensor and tested it with an oscilloscope.