* GEO 419 / PHY 419 Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
Physics and Chemistry of Earth's Interior
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: 20 pages per week.
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..
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