Geophysics (Mantle Convection) OpenCourseWare: A Free Online Grad-Level Geophysics Course by MIT

Published Jan 27, 2009

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A modern, technology-oriented look at mantle convection is presented in 'Geophysics (Mantle Convection),' an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In this free online course, students will explore the effects that technology has had on ideas pertaining to mantle convection and determine whether heavily debated issues can be resolved with contemporary research methods and technologies. This graduate-level course is recommended for students seeking a Master of Science in Earth Science.

Geophysics (Mantle Convection): Course Specifics

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Geophysics (Mantle Convection): Course Description

New developments in technology have sparked fresh debates in various topics surrounding mantle convection. This course explores the debates between physicists and chemists that require the combination of the two disciplines for resolution. The goal of this OpenCourseWare is to analyze recent research data and explore the possibility for conclusive consensus on these issues. Professor Robert Van Der Hilst presents this course in lecture format and begins with the basics of mantle convection and progress toward the debated topics, such as seismology, noble gas data and mantle stratification. Notes will be taken from the on-campus lectures, which include material from Harvard and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) professors. This OpenCourseWare provides access to reading lists and lecturers on each topics.

Lecture notes and reading assignments are available to download for free online. For more information, visit the Geophysics course home page.

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