Postgraduate course

Theoretical Seismology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOV276
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The overall goal of this course is to give the students a theoretical background for further studies within applied seismics and seismology.

The subject provides an introduction to the basic concepts of theoretical seismology: Stress and strain, elastic properties, plane and spherical waves, anisotropy and attenuation, reflection and transmission at plane boundaries, surface waves, ray theory and diffraction.

The course provides good exercise within mathematical modelling of physical phenomena in general and seismic wave phenomena in particular. Emphasize will be given on mathematical derivations and implementation of relevant equations.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course the students should be able to

  • reproduce/understand all mathematical derivations in the syllabus.
  • solve new problems based on the theory of the syllabus.
  • implement the theory in the form of different computer programs. This means that the course gives training in programming.
  • demonstrate basic skills within seismic modelling.

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic principles of earth physics, in addition to basic principles in functions of several variables and differential equations.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEOV112, MAT212 and MAT131

Forms of Assessment

Written, 4 hours

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.

Exam information