
Preface
Fundamentals of Structural Geology is a textbook that emphasizes
modern techniques of field data acquisition and analysis, the principles
of continuum mechanics, and the mathematical and computational skills
necessary to quantitatively describe, model, and explain the deformation
of rock in Earth’s lithosphere. Although designed for students,
this book also should be useful as a reference for researchers in structural
geology, tectonics, geophysics, petroleum geology, rock mechanics, geotechnical
engineering, and petroleum engineering.
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Prerequisites 









The essential
scientific and mathematical prerequisites for a course using this
textbook are an introductory physical geology course, a calculus
course that includes differential and integral calculus in several
variables, and a physics course that includes mechanics and heat.
Elementary concepts of vector analysis, matrix theory,
linear algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations, and
computer programming with MatLab are used throughout this textbook,
but are introduced is such a way that a formal course in these subjects,
while helpful, should not be considered a prerequisite.
For some students this textbook
will be used for a first course in structural geology. Other students
will arrive in graduate school having had a first course in structural
geology that did not address the subject using differential geometry
or a complete continuum mechanics. For these students this textbook
will provide the tools and concepts necessary to practice modern
structural geology. 

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