Essentials of Geophysics

An illustration demonstrating surface and nodal patterns of free oscillations.

Surface and nodal patterns of free oscillations. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


MIT Course Number

12.201 / 12.501

As Taught In

Fall 2004


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course is designed to be a survey of the various subdisciplines of geophysics (geodesy, gravity, geomagnetism, seismology, and geodynamics) and how they might relate to or be relevant for other planets. No prior background in Earth sciences is assumed, but students should be comfortable with vector calculus, classical mechanics, and potential field theory.

Van Der Hilst, Robert. 12.201 Essentials of Geophysics, Fall 2004. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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