Teaching Philosophy

Education is an essential element in scientific research and the function of our society as a whole. I believe that the purpose of education is to give students the joy of knowledge and understanding, and to prepare them for their future goals in life. In particular, our students will be facing a global job market. Therefore, it is critical to help them develop soft skills including the ability to communicate with others in both written and oral forms, and the ability to work in teams.

Teaching in my philosophy is not only to convey knowledge to students but also to stimulate curiosity, independent thinking, and creativity of the students. I believe that students learn the best when they want to. Therefore, the most effective way to learn is by thinking about and working out problems. I encourage students to explore the unknown scientific world under necessary guidance. I also try to integrate recent breaking results into the courses.


GEO 416K – Earth Materials
Fall 2013
Course Hours: MW 5-6:30 PM, JGB 2.216
Course Overview: This course is intended as an introduction to minerals, optical mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic rocks, and their associated rocks. We will also learn about the techniques (e.g., Optical Microscope) to study them. There are two components to the course: a 90-minute lecture on MW 5-6:30 pm (Given by Dr. Lin) and 2 two-hour laboratory sessions per week (Given by your TA).

GEO 401 Physical Geology
Time: TTH 9:30-11:00pm
Laboratory Sections: JGB 2.310; time according to your unique number
Office hours: TTH 11-12, or by appointment
Textbooks (both mandatory):
Lecture: Understanding Earth
Laboratory: Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, by Busch, R. M., ed. 8th edition
Class Objectives: This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of physical geology. There are no prerequisites for this course. There are 3 hours of lecture each week, and one 2-hour laboratory session (specific to your unique #).
The goals of this course are for you to:
• Have basic understanding of physical geology
• Critically evaluate properties of our planet
• Understand the ever changing Earth

GEO 391 Mineral Physics
Instructor: Dr. Jung-Fu Lin
Class Objectives: This course will examine properties of minerals and planetary materials under a variety of conditions, including high pressure, high temperature, composition, and stress/strain. This course is intended to provide necessary interdisciplinary background to understand the structure, composition, dynamics, and seismology of the planet ranging from the crust to the core. The following topics will be covered in this class:
(1). Phase diagrams, phase relations, and phase transformations.
(2). Elasticity, sound velocities, elastic/seismic anisotropy of solids, thermoelastic properties.
(3). Transport properties (diffusion, viscosity, electrical/thermal conductivity), deformation and rheology.
(4). Melting and melts/liquids/water in the deep Earth, thermodynamics of melting, Clausius-Clapeyron slope.
(5). Earth models (seismological, thermal, geochemical, and mineralogical models.
Research techniques used to study mineral physics such as synchrotron X-ray spectroscopies, optical spectroscopies, and static/dynamic high-pressure methods will also be covered in this class.

GEO 391 Physics of the Earth’s Interior: Advanced Topics
Instructor: Dr. Steve Grand and Dr. Jung-Fu Lin
Class Objectives: This course will present an interdisciplinary approach from seismic, geodynamic, and mineral physics prospective in order to understand physics of the Earth’s interior ranging from deep crustal processes to the Earth’s inner core. First part of the class will focus on introductory lectures on deep-Earth seismology, geodynamics, and mineral physics to provide students with background knowledge of the Earth’s interior.
In the second part of the class, topics of current research interests will be addressed through examinations and analyses of recent seismic, geodynamic, and mineral physics research results. These topics include, but not limited to, seismic heterogeneities and anisotropies, physical properties at boundary regions, effects of volatiles and temperature perturbation on elasticity, and transport and rheological behavior in the deep Earth.