EPS 122:

Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors

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Richard Allen
Seismo Lab
Earth & Planetary
UC Berkeley

About this class...

  • How does the Earth work?
  • What deep-seated processes are responsible for earthquakes, volcanoes and mountains?
  • What is the structure of the planet and how do we know?
  • How does the Earth compare to other planets in our solar system?
We will address these and other questions relating to the structure, composition and dynamics of the Earth and other planets.

All class materials are available on this website: syllabus, class organization, lecture notes, reading, problem sets and term project instructions.

Catalog Description
EPS 122. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors. (3 units) Three hours of lecture per week. Gravity field, density distribution, and internal structure of the earth and planets. Constitution, composition, temperature distribution, and energetics of the Earth's interior. The geomagnetic field, paleomagnetism, the geodynamo, and concepts in geophysical fluid dynamics.

For more information contact: Richard Allen

What students think of this class: "Introduces me to all geophysical techniques and concepts. Introduces me to scientific research, reading scientific papers." "Good overview of geophysics, many topics covered. As a non-EPS major, I liked the variety of topics." "Clarity; well-designed lectures; presented a diverse set of material in very understandable terms." More student reviews.