Current graduate classes

Current undergraduate classes

GEO 371T/391 Continuum Mechanics
Explores modeling and simulation of fluids and solids in geological and geophysical phenomena, such as mantle convection, glaciology, and climate dynamics. Explains basic principles of continuum mechanics and thermodynamics. Covers the fundamental conservation laws and the common constitutive relations for fluids and solids. Emphasis on three dimensional geometries and real-world examples from all areas of the Earth Sciences. This class will be offered next in Fall 2024.  For more information see the course website: https://mhesse.github.io/continuum_mechanics/
GEO 325M/GEO 394M Numerical Modeling in the Geosciences
The course introduces geoscientists to numerical solution of dynamical problems arising in the solid earth geosciences. The students will develop their own codes in Matlab and apply them to gain insight into heat transfer, wave propagation, elastic and viscous deformations. Familiarity with Matlab is assumed, for an introduction to Matlab please attend GEO 325G. This class is next offered Spring 2024. For more information see the course website: https://mhesse.github.io/numerical_modeling/

Past classes

GEO 425P/494P Modeling flow and transport in porous media
This class introduces the student to the modeling of flow and transport in porous media with applications to problems in the geosciences. The students will write a functional and efficient simulator for solute transport. This class was offered from 2013 to 2017. Class formerly GEO 391. [Syllabus 2013, 2015] [Piazza 2017]
Reactive Flow GEO 391 Reactive transport in porous media
Reactive flow is a pervasive phenomenon in geosciences that creates patterns at all length scales that contain information about geologic processes. This course provides foundation for the subject based on the theory of hyperbolic conservation laws. The class is currently on hold until the development of Modeling Flow and Transport is completed. This class was last offered in Spring 2015 and will not be offered in the near future. [Syllabus 2012, 2015].
hydrogeology GEO 346C Introduction to physical and chemical hydrogeology
An introduction to physical and chemical hydrogeology for geologists and environmental scientists. Emphasis on basic principles groundwater flow, the dynamic response of wells, principles of aqueous chemistry and contaminant transport. I taught this class from 2009 until 2016 very fall. [Syllabus 20122013]
Geodynamics GEO 391 Geodynamics
A modern comprehensive introduction to continuum methods of physical modeling for Earth scientists. The conservation equations are discussed with a view towards modern computational geosciences. The general theory is specialized to limiting cases of linear elasticity and viscous flow as well as elastic plates and lubrication flows. Simplified geodynamic models are analyzed to provide physical insight and complemented with finite element analysis. This class is currently taught by Luc Lavier.