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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.

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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 pre-requisite.

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.