GEO4620 - Seismic waves and seismology
This course gives a basis for understanding how elastic waves, generated by earthquakes or controlled sources, propagate through the earth and thus provide information about its interior.
When you have completed this course:
- you know how strain and stress are related in elastic materials and are familiar with the elastic wave equation
- you understand how elastic waves progagate through the Earth
- you can quantify how interfaces reflect, refract and convert waves
- you know how elastic properties like attenuation and anisotropy affect wave propagation
- you have seen how numerical modelling can be used to simulate wave propagation
- you can use ray theory and is aware of its strengths and limitations
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Recommended previous knowledge
MAT1100 - Calculus, MAT1110 - Calculus and linear algebra, MAT1120 - Linear algebra, INF1000 - Introduction to object-oriented programming, FYS-MEK1110 - Mechanics, GEL2140 - Geophysics and global tectonics
Overlapping courses10 credits overlap with GEO9620 - Seismic Waves and Seismology.
Lectures/colloquia, including problem solving. Up to 3 mandatory exercises which have to be approved before you can sit for the final exam.
Written exam (3 hours) which counts 100%.
The final exam questions will only be written in english.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
External auditor: Rolf Mjelde
Explanations and appeals
You may request an explanation of your grades, and you may also appeal against your grades or make a complaint about formal examination errors. Read more about explanations and appeals.
Resit an examination
You can usually resit an exam, but the conditions depend on whether you had a valid reason for absence from the regular exam. Read more about resitting an exam.
Withdrawal from an examination
A student may sit this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.
Special examination arrangements
If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.
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