12.201 / 12.501 Essentials of Geophysics

Fall 2004

Surface and nodal patterns of free oscillations.

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

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lecture notes and assignments.

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.

Technical Requirements

MATLAB® software is required to run the .m files found on this course site.

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Prof. Robert Van Der Hilst

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

One session / week
1 hour / session


Undergraduate / Graduate