EPS 122:

Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors

Lecture notes
Problem sets
Term Project
Class Reviews
Richard Allen
Seismo Lab
Earth & Planetary
UC Berkeley


Richard Allen, Dept. Earth and Planetary Science. Biographical sketch
Email: rallen@berkeley.edu, Tel: 510 642 1275
Office hours: 9-10am Tu Th or by appointment. Office: 279 McCone Hall.

Grad student instructor
Rob Porritt - rwporritt@berkeley.edu
Office hours - TBA


  1. Lecture attendance: Tu Th 11-12:30pm in 325 McCone Hall.
  2. Reading: assigned for each lecture from various sources.
  3. Homework: assigned approximately every two weeks.
  4. Three mid-term exams: held in class during the semester.
  5. Term project: consisting of two paper reviews, abstract and paper.

The course will closely follow the class textbook (below) but will be supplemented with additional material from various other sources. The additional material will be made available to class participants by the instructor.
Textbook: "The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics" (2nd edition) by C.M.R. Fowler. Published by Cambridge University Press.

Term project
The goal of the term project is to give students experience of both the research process and how research is communicated. More information and guidelines.

35% - Homework
10% - Midterm I
10% - Midterm II
10% - Midterm III
35% - Term project (5% for paper reviews)

No late work will be accepted unless with the prior approval of an instructor.

Website - http://eps.berkeley.edu/~rallen/eps122

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.

EPS 122 is a 3 credit course.

Catalog description
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.