• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics, Earth Physics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Hrvoje Tkalcic
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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The course is an introduction to physics of the solid Earth intended for students with substantial background in physics and mathematics including calculus. The course will provide an overview of the structure and evolution of the Earth as a dynamic planet within our solar system. Physical principles will be applied to the following topics: theory of elasticity and elastic wave propagation; modern global seismology as a probe of the Earth's internal structure; earthquakes and the description of seismic sources; a simple but fundamental theory of thermal convection; the distinctive rheological behaviour of the upper mantle and its top layer, controlled by significant changes in the mechanical properties of the material, will then be explored to arrive at a comprehensive description of what forces drive and resist global plate motions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theoretical basis for modern global seismology and of the application of methods based on such theory to understand earthquake phenomena and the seismological probing of earth structure.

2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the structure and governing dynamics of the mantle and the lithosphere.

3. Demonstrate an advanced ability in written and oral scientific communication.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

20% examination (LO 1-3)

20% homework assignments (LO 1-3)

20% lab assignments (LO 1-3)

20% oral presentations (LO 1-3)

20% selected topic literature review and presentation

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Workload

32 lectures, 12 tutorials, four 3-hour lab sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PHYS3070 or PHYS4070.

Assumed Knowledge

MATH1013, MATH1014 MATH1115, MATH1116, PHYS1201, PHYS1101, PHYS2016 and pHYS2017. Or equivalent

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9119 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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