- Code PHYS3070
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Physics Education Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering
This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.
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.Honours Pathway Option
Students taking the HP advanced option will undertake an individual project on a topic of interest from the course syllabus. Such project shall develop in consultation with the course lecturers, and may be in the form of a reading project or a laboratory/numerical experiment accompanied by a final report. The assessment of the project will be agreed upon and undertaken in a manner appropriate to the project itself (e.g. a written report or essay, a short talk etc.). Students taking the HP option may elect to substitute their project mark either with up to two (out of four) individual assignments or with one of the experiments and accompanying report normally undertaken during the course (this amounts to a total of 10-20% of the final grade). The assessment weight towards the exam will remain the same.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Discuss the theoretical basis for modern global seismology and employ methods based on such theory to understand earthquake phenomena and the seismological probing of earth structure.
- Explain the governing dynamics of mantle and lithosphere, and use such understanding to make reliable estimates of the forces controlling plate motions and their temporal changes.
- examination (40) [LO 1,2]
- homework assignments (20) [LO 1,2]
- lab assignments (20) [LO 1,2]
- oral presentations (20) [LO 1,2]
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32 lectures, 12 tutorials, four 3-hour lab sessions.
Yet to be determined.
Requisite and Incompatibility
It is desirable that students have completed PHYS3102, but it is not a course requirement.
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