At Boston College, we teach a two-semester, first-year sequence in geology and geophysics for our majors. The course is divided into two parts, with the first semester focusing on geology and the second semester focusing on geophysics. Recently, we have also added some environmental topics in these courses, particularly in the first semester. In this paper, we describe laboratory exercises given in the second semester that are based on seismograms recorded on an AS-1 seismograph operating at Boston College. These lab exercises use topics in seismology to bring research experiences into a first-year undergraduate course and invite the students to...

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