Physical Properties of Rocks
Syllabus, Master's level, 1GE053
- Education cycle
- Second cycle
- Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
- Earth Science A1N, Physics A1N
- Grading system
- Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
- Finalised by
- The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 27 January 2023
- Responsible department
- Department of Earth Sciences
120 credits with 75 credits in physics and mathematics, or with 75 credits in earth science, 15 credits in physics and 15 credits in mathematics. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- derive and use relationships between different physical rock properties,
- describe how the Earth's physical properties vary with scale length and depth,
- determine appropriate tools and methods for calculating physical properties of rocks,
- carry out laboratory measurements of rock density, seismic velocity, magnetic susceptibility, and conductivity,
- carry out basic tensor calculations including coordinate transformations,
- interpret geophysical field observations and evaluate geological or hydrological target structures which are of relevance to societal needs in energy production, food supply and sustainable raw material production, using physical rock properties.
Tensor calculations including rotation matrices, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Porosity, density, and permeability and Darcy's law. Theory of elasticity. Relationships between porosity and seismic velocity. Seismic properties of rocks and rock-forming minerals. Attenuation, anisotropy, dispersion and shear-wave splitting. Dynamic and static properties of rocks. Magnetic susceptibility and remanence. Diamagnetism, paramagnetism and ferromagnetism. Effect of pressure and temperature on magnetic properties. Electrical resistivity and conductivity, Archie's law. Thermal conductivity, diffusivity, specific heat and radioactive heat production. Heat budget of the Earth. Physical properties in and around geothermal reservoirs, fresh-water aquifers and mineral deposits. Digital rock physics. Laboratory measurements.
Lectures, homework, problem solving, computer exercises, lab and field measurements, seminar.
Written examination (2 credits), homework assignments (1 credit), computer projects (1 credit), and written report (1 credit).
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.