12.002 Introduction to Geophysics and Planetary Science


Class Info

Study of the structure, composition, and physical processes governing the terrestrial planets, including their formation and basic orbital properties. Topics include plate tectonics, earthquakes, seismic waves, rheology, impact cratering, gravity and magnetic fields, heat flux, thermal structure, mantle convection, deep interiors, planetary magnetism, and core dynamics. Suitable for majors and non-majors seeking general background in geophysics and planetary structure.

This class has 8.02, and 18.02 as prerequisites.

12.002 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by L. H. Royden and B. Weiss.

Lecture occurs 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 54-819.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

In the Spring 2016 Subject Evaluations, 12.002 was rated 4.8 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Physics and Chemistry of the Terrestrial Planets site or on the 12.002 Stellar site.

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