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Spring 2013-2014
* GEO 419 / PHY 419  

Physics and Chemistry of Earth's Interior

Thomas S. Duffy

The Earth is a physical system whose past and present state can be studied within the framework of physics and chemistry. Topics include current concepts of geophysics and the physics and chemistry of Earth materials; origin and evolution of the Earth; and nature of dynamic processes in its interior. One emphasis is to relate geologic processes on a macroscopic scale to the fundamental materials properties of minerals and rocks.

Sample reading list:
Poirier, Introduction to the Physics of the Earth's Interior
Stacey, Physics of the Earth

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: 20 pages per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One year of college-level chemistry or physics (preferably both) and calculus..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42617 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Guyot Hall   154   Enrolled:8 Limit:20