Mathematical Modeling of Earth's Dynamical Systems: A Primer

Mathematical Modeling of Earth's Dynamical Systems: A Primer

by Rudy Slingerland, Lee Kump
     
 

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Mathematical Modeling of Earth's Dynamical Systems gives earth scientists the essential skills for translating chemical and physical systems into mathematical and computational models that provide enhanced insight into Earth's processes. Using a step-by-step method, the book identifies the important geological variables of physical-chemical geoscience

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Mathematical Modeling of Earth's Dynamical Systems gives earth scientists the essential skills for translating chemical and physical systems into mathematical and computational models that provide enhanced insight into Earth's processes. Using a step-by-step method, the book identifies the important geological variables of physical-chemical geoscience problems and describes the mechanisms that control these variables.

This book is directed toward upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, and professionals who want to learn how to abstract complex systems into sets of dynamic equations. It shows students how to recognize domains of interest and key factors, and how to explain assumptions in formal terms. The book reveals what data best tests ideas of how nature works, and cautions against inadequate transport laws, unconstrained coefficients, and unfalsifiable models. Various examples of processes and systems, and ample illustrations, are provided. Students using this text should be familiar with the principles of physics, chemistry, and geology, and have taken a year of differential and integral calculus.

Mathematical Modeling of Earth's Dynamical Systems helps earth scientists develop a philosophical framework and strong foundations for conceptualizing complex geologic systems.

  • Step-by-step lessons for representing complex Earth systems as dynamical models
  • Explains geologic processes in terms of fundamental laws of physics and chemistry
  • Numerical solutions to differential equations through the finite difference technique
  • A philosophical approach to quantitative problem-solving
  • Various examples of processes and systems, including the evolution of sandy coastlines, the global carbon cycle, and much more
  • Professors: A supplementary Instructor's Manual is available for this book. It is restricted to teachers using the text in courses. For information on how to obtain a copy, refer to: http://press.princeton.edu/class_use/solutions.html

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
The authors do a good job of deriving the mathematical models from physical considerations, and then showing how the equations can be solved by finite difference methods.
Leading Edge
Where was this book when I was in university? . . . I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it to students and researchers with an interest in this field.
— Ray Wood
Leading Edge - Ray Wood
Where was this book when I was in university? . . . I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it to students and researchers with an interest in this field.
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"The authors do a good job of deriving the mathematical models from physical considerations, and then showing how the equations can be solved by finite difference methods."Choice

"Where was this book when I was in university? . . . I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it to students and researchers with an interest in this field."—Ray Wood, Leading Edge

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400839117
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,089,060
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Rudy Slingerland and Lee Kump are professors of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University. Slingerland is the coauthor of "Simulating Clastic Sedimentary Basins". Kump is the coauthor of "The Earth System".

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