GEO4630 - Geodynamics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course will provide fundamental analytical descriptions of the physical processes acting in and on the solid parts of a planet. It will provide an understanding of planetary structure and formation as well as the constitutive properties that govern tectonic and planetary deformation, and the thermal evolution of the Earth.
When you have completed this course, you will be able to:
- describe planetary formation and the thermal evolution of the Earth and planets
- derive the structure of the Earth and its gravitational and magnetic Fields
- relate the rheology of the Earth’s materials to patterns of plate and mantle deformation, including convection
- conceptionally and analytically describe mantle plumes, plate tectonics, and subduction zones
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Recommended previous knowledge
It is recommended that students have knowledge equivalent of a bachelor in earth sciences or other physical / mathematical sciences. MAT1100 - Calculus, MAT1110 - Calculus and linear algebra, FYS-MEK1110 - Mechanics or comparable courses are an advantage. The course GEO4620 - Seismic waves and seismology/GEO9620 - Seismic Waves and Seismology is complementary and could be taken in parallel.
10 credits overlap with GEO9630 - Geodynamics
Lectures and seminars including exercises, 6 hours per week over 12 weeks. Up to three mandatory exercises which must be approved before you can take the final examination.
Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address: email@example.com
- Up to 3 mandatory exercises/presentations must be approved before sitting the final written examination of the course.
- Final written exam (3 hours) counts for 100%.
Language of examination
In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.
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.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.