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FYS-GEO9520 – Introduction to thermodynamic geomodeling

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Course content

Basic thermodynamic problems. Construction of phase diagrams as constrained optimization problem. Phase transformations in single component system. Multicomponent systems, phases with fixed composition. Solution models. Dissolution, precipitation and melting in binary systems. Multicomponent systems, phases with variable composition. Matlab: program structure; matrix elements and vectors, linprog function.

Learning outcome

The course will enable the students to formulate, program and solve thermodynamical problems using constrained optimization methods. Through the course, the students will build up and test a library of modeling tools that can then be used to address general thermodynamical aspects of geomodeling problems.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor degree in physics, geoscience or applied mathematics.


The course contains 30 hours of lectures, and a series of 10 compulsory computer-based exercises.


Evaluation of compulsory exercises (Pass/fail). Final oral exam (Pass/fail). In addition all candidates have to give a lecture on a given subject.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

This course is not offered autumn 2012

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.


Every autumn

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