This series of lectures notes is aimed at quickly introducing mathematicians to some aspects of exploration seismology. I tried to avoid algebraic complexity and presented only the key ideas. The HTML lectures and MPG movies associated with the lectures are online at

The first lecture, *Basics of Seismic Experiments and Data
Processing*, provides a quick look at seismic experiments,
data processing,
and the final product, the seismic section.
The central idea behind each processing step is
explained with a minimal use of algebra.
I have used many data processing examples to
explain the processing steps, and MATLAB
scripts are used to clarify any ambiguities in the procedures.
The one processing step not described is Dip Moveout Processing, which
is not necessary when prestack migration is used.
It is my hope that the first lecture can
provide sufficient background information
so that the mathematician can appreciate the exploration
context for the more sophisticated ideas presented by other lecturers.
After the first formal lecture, we will conduct a seismic experiment
outside the classroom and analyze the data.

The second lecture on *Basics of Traveltime Tomography* describes
the theory behind inversion of traveltime data and
presents some interesting examples. As before,
the central ideas are presented but
the mathematical details are kept to a minimum.
Examples are given for
both exploration
and earthquake seismology.

The third lecture presents the *Basics of
Waveform Tomography*.
I present the theory, followed
by a
discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of waveform tomography.
By no means is this a comprehensive treatment, but it can
serve as the starting point for further exploration.

*Jerry Schuster (schuster@mines.utah.edu)
Geology and Geophysics Department
University of Utah
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