Undergraduate course

Physics of the Solid Earth

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGEOV112
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Objectives and Content

The course expands on topics introduced in GEOV111 (tectonophysics, the magnetic field, seismology, global and exploration scale gravity, seismic exploration), with more emphasis on geophysics on a global scale and the mathematical and physical basis underlying individual methods. An introduction is given to Matlab programming, which is used as a tool for solving and illustrating geophysical problems.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course GEOV112 the students should be able to:

- explain the basic concepts of seismology (location determination, magnitude scales, moment, double couple mechanism)

- describe the main seismic phases observed in seismology and explain how they are used to determine the large scale structure of the Earth

- compute the travel times and amplitudes of seismic arrivals in simple layered models and explain how these are used to determine velocity structure in seismic exploration

- explain the basic concepts of gravity (geoid, reference gravity formula, isostasy, gravity anomalies)

- understand the basic geometry of plate movements on a spherical Earth.

- compute paleomagnetic poles and understand their use in paleogeographic reconstructions

- use marine magnetic anomaly patterns to reconstruct the evolution of ocean basins

- write simple Matlab programs and use these to solve problems in geophysics

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic principles in geophysics,geology and linear algebra

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information

Department of Earth Science, studieveileder@geo.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment and written examinat

    24.02.2017, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline