Analyzing three-dimensional orientation data using a stereonet is an important component of any structural geology course, ideally helping students to visualize structural geometry and serving as a springboard for more advanced topics such as fault and fold kinematics. Rather than teaching my students about stereonets using tracing paper and pushpins, I use the newest version of Rick Allmendinger and NÃstor Cardozo's OSXStereonet program, which includes elegant, interactive three-dimensional view options. Simultaneously, I teach students transformation of orientation data between spherical coordinates and Cartesian coordinates, using MATLAB functions to carry out the conversions. We simultaneously solve problems involving orientation data using OSXStereonet and MATLAB, allowing students to gain an understanding of the mathematics that OSXStereonet carries out behind the scenes while using the visualization capabilities of OSXStereonet to reinforce the three-dimensional concepts. Keywords: Stereonet, OSXStereonet, Matlab, spherical, Cartesian, visualization


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Higher Education,NSDL_SetSpec_380601,Undergraduate (Upper Division),Undergraduate (Lower Division),Structural Visualizations,Engineering,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Mathematics,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20120603184631336T,Physics,NSDL



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