Geophysics (Thermal and Chemical Evolution of the Earth) OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Grad-Level Course on Geophysics

Published Jan 14, 2009

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Historical development of the Earth's core is illustrated in 'Geophysics (Thermal and Chemical Evolution of the Earth)', a free, graduate-level online course offered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In this OpenCourseWare, students will examine historical development and explore the manners where contemporary geophysics can be applied to reach agreements on various unresolved issues in this field. Students seeking a master's degree in Geophysics or Planetary Science will gain valuable insight from this course.

Geophysics (Thermal and Chemical Evolution of the Earth): Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Graduate Yes No No Yes

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Geophysics (Thermal and Chemical Evolution of the Earth): Course Description

The 'Geophysics (Thermal and Chemical Evolution of the Earth)' course explores how technology has impacted seismic imaging and geodynamical modeling in terms of geophysics and mantle convection. Study includes new understanding and ongoing disagreements in this field. Professor Robert Van Der Hilst will lead students through an approach that combines physics and chemistry to determine whether these issues can be resolved. This OpenCourseWare is presented in lecture format and includes study of core energetics, mineral physics and noble gas constraints on mantle structure. Lecture notes on these topics will be provided along with actual students' presentations from the on-campus class to further elaborate upon core concepts. Also included is a comprehensive list of reference material related to geodynamics and mantle flow.

Lecture notes, student presentations and the reading list are all included online with this free course. Those interested in this course should visit the geophysics course home page.

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