Mathematical Methods for Geology

GEOL 452/L

Lecture: T/TH 8:30-9:20 Lab: T/TH 9:30-10:45

Live Oak Hall, Room #1221

Sedimentary Deposits off the coast of southern California

Dr. Dayanthie Weeraratne
Dept. of Geological Sciences, CSUN
Office: Live Oak Hall, Rm# 1203
Email: dsw@csun.edu
Office hours: T 3-4:00
Text Book: Mathematics, A Simple Tool for Geologists, by David Waltham


  • Syllabus, download: PDF


  • Week 1 (Jan 19, 2010), "Introduction & Solving Problems", PPT

  • Lab #1 Due: Wednesday, Sept 3, 2008
    - Part 1: Hawaiian Islands PDF
    - Part 2: Settling Foraminifera PDF

  • Week 2 (Jan, 26, 2010), "Algebra, Unit Conversions, & Significant Figures", PDF

  • Lab #2 , PDF

  • Week 3 "Significant Figures, and Errors" PPT

  • Lab #3 , PDF

  • Week 4 "Exponents and Logarithms" PPT

  • Lab #4 , PDF

  • Week 5 "Mapping with Vectors" PPT

  • Homework Assignment for Vectors, PDF
    Lab #5, Vectors, PDF

    MIDTERM 1 (March 4, 8:30am) Covers Weeks 1-5

  • Week 6 "If Geology then Calculus" PPT

  • Lab #6, Calculus, PDF
  • Week 6 "The dreadful symbols of Calculus: derivatives and integrals," PPT

  • Week 7 "Power Functions" PPT

  • Lab #7 "Power Functions in Crystal Melts and Drainage Basins" PDF
  • Week 8 "Exponential Functions and Half-Lives" PPT

  • Lab #8 "Half-Lives" PDF
  • Week 9 "Taylor Series" PPT

  • Lab #9 "Taylor Series" PDF
  • Week 10 "Statistics" PPT