Introduction to the physics of solid Earth


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Introduction to the physics of solid Earth

Code: 199938
ECTS: 3.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Snježana Markušić
Lecturers: prof. dr. sc. Snježana Markušić - Exercises
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1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Exercises 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Objective of the course:
To acquaint students with the basics of solid Earth physics theory. To explain the origin of the planet Earth, its shape, and the forces on the surface. To explain the processes that take place in the interior of the Earth and connect them with phenomena on the surface and in the atmosphere. To train students to acquire operational knowledge of data processing methods in seismology and geomagnetism, as well as to acquire skills in solving numerical problems in solid Earth physics.

Learning outcomes:
After passing the exam, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of the physics of the solid Earth (seismology, geomagnetism), the origin of the planet Earth, and its shape;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the temporal and spatial dimensions of physical processes in and on the Earth;
3. Define and explain the basic physical processes that govern the interior of the Earth;
4. Apply standard methods of mathematical analysis and linear algebra when solving specific problems;
5. Develop the ability to analyze and interpret data, as well as draw critical conclusions.

Course plan and program:
1. Earth as a planet
2. Chronology of the Earth's development
3. Shape and size of the Earth
4. Attraction force, rotation of the Earth and gravity
5. Gravity anomalies
6. Theory of isostasy
7. Seismology - propagation of seismic waves, structure of the Earth's interior
8. Earth's internal heat
9. Geoelectricity
10. Rock magnetism
11. Geomagnetism
12. Paleomagnetism

Teaching methods:
Lectures, exercises, independent tasks, e-learning.

Methods of monitoring and verification:
Regular attendance of classes, homework, seminar work, colloquium, written and oral exam.

Terms for signature:
Students are required to regularly attend lectures and exercises, actively participate in problem solving during exercises, solve homework, prepare a seminar paper and participate in a colloquium.

Methods of taking the exam:
Written and oral exam.
  1. Lowrie, W. Fundamentals of Geophysics, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
    Lay, T. and Wallace, T. C. Modern Global Seismology, Academic Press, 1995.
    Turcotte, D. L. and Schubert, G. Geodynamics, Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Prerequisit for:
Enrollment :
Passed : General Physics 2
Passed : Linear Algebra 2
Passed : Mathematical Analysis 2
4. semester
Mandatory course - Regular study - Bachelor of Geophysics
Consultations schedule: