EPS 122:

Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors

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Richard Allen
Seismo Lab
Earth & Planetary
UC Berkeley

Class objectives

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?

In this class we will investigate the structure, composition and dynamics of the Earth. We will learn about the geophysical techniques used to probe the planet, and look at how multiple datasets and various techniques have been combined to develop the understanding we have today. We will also look to other planets to learn about our own and peer back in time.

The class is designed for upper division students with an interest in the solid Earth and other planets. Students majoring in Earth and Planetary Science, Astrophysics and Physics commonly take the class, but the class also attracts students from a variety of other majors with an interest in how the Earth works and a grounding in physics and math.

Prerequisites: It is helpful if students have Mathematics 53, 54 or Physics 105. Without one of these classes students can still take the class but require the consent of the instructor.

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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