Undergraduate course

Rock Physics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codePTEK218
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish. Norwegian if only Norwegian students attend.
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course gives an introduction to the different physical properties of rocks that affects seismic and electromagnetic wave propagation, fluid flow and heat conduction. The course deals with methods for estimating these properties from a knowledge of the composition and microstructure of the rocks. Special attention will be given to the acoustic and seismic properties of fluid-saturated porous rocks.

Learning Outcomes

After the course PTEK218 the student will be able to:

  • reproduce the central mathematical derivations of the curriculum
  • be able to solve new problems based on the theory from the curriculum
  • implement most of the rock physical relationships on a computer. This means that the course also gives training in programming.
  • demonstrate the overall capabilities of the rock physical modeling
  • explain the analogy between different rock physical phenomenon
  • discuss (interdisciplinary) use of rock physical relationships

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

This course is suitable for students with a good background in mathematics.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The written exercises are compulsory (pass / fail). The exercises are valid for 3 semester.

Forms of Assessment

4 hour written exam. Aid: Approved calculator. The exam can be oral depending on the number of students.

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


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline