THERMOCALC Workshop: Calculating Metamorphic Phase Equilibria

Roger Powell (with assistance from Chris Carson, Yale University) will give a 2.5-day THERMOCALC Workshop: Calculating Metamorphic Phase Equilibria (see below for details of content) immediately before the Goldschmidt Conference. You do not have to be attending the Goldschmidt Conference to participate in this informal workshop.  The workshop will run all day on 17-18 May and on the morning of 19 May 2001 on the campus at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Following the workshop, transport from the Virginia Tech campus to the Homestead will be arranged for Goldschmidt attendees as necessary (contact Bob Tracy before the workshop). The course will likely be limited to 25 participants due to available computer lab space. The fee for the workshop will be $100 (accommodation and meals at participant expense). A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Red Lion Inn in Blacksburg, Virginia (~1 mile from campus).

To participate in the workshop you need to:

1. Inform Mike Brown by e-mail and, after your place has been confirmed by him, pay the $100 fee before 31 March 2001 [check payable to University of Maryland (NOT Mike Brown); mail to Mike Brown at the address at the end of this e-mail], after 1 April wait-listed persons will be offered places for which payment has not been received or arranged;

2. Book a room for 3 nights (May 16-18) at the Best Western by April 25
th to get the workshop rate [phone (int+) 540-552-7700 for reservations and mention the "Geology Short Course" block of rooms at $60 per night per double room (this is a reduced rate, the cut-off date for holding the rooms is three weeks ahead, or April 25th; if you need to arrange a roommate to share with, contact Bob Tracy (Robert Tracy <[log in to unmask]>), who will act as a clearing house].

Workshop information

May 17-19, 2001 (2.5 days)
Location: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
Accommodation: Best Western Red Lion Inn (May 16-18, inclusive, individual participant is responsible for booking accommodation).
Product: A CD-ROM will be provided to each workshop participant
Cost: $100.00 (covers workshop fee, CD-ROM, coffee and tea; exclusive of accommodation, meals and transport) - payable to University of Maryland
Outline Content of Workshop

Start 8:30 sharp.  Finish 5.30.  Mornings: lectures; afternoons: hands-on in the computer lab.
Optional late afternoon lectures on specialist topics.

Day 1
Lectures: What are phase diagrams, and why are they useful; what data do we need; the computer program, THERMOCALC; P-T projections; their relationship with compatibility diagrams.
Hands on: Calculating/drawing P-T projections, Schreinemakers analysis.
Specialist lecture: a-x relationships and THERMOCALC datafile construction

Day 2
Lectures: Pseudosections (P-T, P-X, T-X); relationship with other phase diagrams
Hands on: Calculating/drawing pseudosections
Specialist lecture: thermometry and barometry: single/two reaction, avPT, delPT

Day 3 (half day)
Lectures: Other types of phase diagrams; choosing the right phase diagram

A reading list will be made available prior to the course. If you would like to use your own laptop for the hands-on work, bring it along.  The hands-on work will be in a Mac lab, but the CD-ROM will include the corresponding PC software.

Mike Brown and Bob Tracy

Michael Brown                     
Professor of Geology
and Chair of Department                

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