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PX3513: PHYSICS OF WAVES (2017-2018)

Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 15:51


Course Overview

​Mathematical modelling and analysis of geophysical wave phenomena play a crucial role in the technology underpinning many of the most important industries in the UK and the world, including the oil and mining industries. This course This course presents the main concepts of the physics of waves, and applies these fundamental concepts to important geophysics systems, including seismic waves, the analysis and interpretation of seismic measurements, and noise interferometry in geophysics.​

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Alessandro Moura

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • GL2511 Geophysics (Passed)
  • PX2013 Light Science (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • PX2015 Dynamical Phenomena (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

​This course presents the main concepts of the physics of waves, including normal modes, transversal and longitudinal waves, reflection, diffraction, refraction and interference. The Fourier transform and the Green function methods are introduced, and their use in the analysis of wave phenomena is explored. These fundamental concepts are then applied to important geophysics systems, including seismic waves, the analysis and interpretation of seismic measurements, and noise interferometry in geophysics.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • Continuous assessment (40%)
  • Final exam (60%)


Resit

  • Final exam (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

​Feedback in assessments will be within two weeks (usually one week).

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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