Add to Cart

The Physics of Destructive Earthquakes

Frederick Thomas, Robert Chaney, Richard Tseng


This book is a concise introduction to the interactions between earthquakes and human-built structures (buildings, dams, bridges, power plants, pipelines and more). It focuses on the ways in which these interactions illustrate the application of basic physics principles and concepts, including inertia, force, shear, energy, acceleration, elasticity, friction and stability.

About Editors

Frederick Thomas has a BS in physics, a PhD in science education and more than 30 years' experience teaching physics, astronomy and mathematics at the secondary school and introductory college levels. His experience includes 22 years in the physics department at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and two years each in Ghana and Australia. He is currently president of learning with Math Machines, Inc.

Robert Chaney is a professor of mathematics at Sinclair Community College and has collaborated with Thomas for more than 20 years in the development of curriculum materials and hardware and in providing in-service workshops for high school and college faculty. Chaney was named the 2013 US Professor of the Year for Community Colleges by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Richard Tseng, PhD, PE, specializes in soil dynamics, focusing on the study of the behavior of soil in relation to earthquake and liquefaction potential. He has performed soil studies for buildings, bridges, highways, airports, earth dams, and transmission and communications towers for more than 40 years. These studies include the determination of site classifications used for seismic design considerations. He recently semi-retired as chief geotechnical engineer with Bowser-Morner, Inc, Dayton, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Figures and Videos
1.The Size of Earthquakes
2.Causes and Effects
3.Modelling Earthquake Hazard
4.Ancient Methods
5.Position, Velocity and Acceleration
6.Strength, Flexibility and Elasticity
7.Calculations and Authentic Assessment
12.Mitigating Damage in High-Risk Areas


Paperback ISBN: 9780750329477

Ebook ISBN: 9781643270777

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-64327-078-4

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


« Back