Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Geo- and Planetary Physics I

Overall Course Objectives

This course introduces various geophysical methods to investigate the solid physics of the Earth and other terrestrial planets of our Solar System: Their interiors and surface characteristics.

Learning Objectives

  • describe planets and satellites, including their basic composition
  • evaluate the basic physical structure of planetary interiors
  • explain the processes that shape the terrestrial planets and their surfaces
  • explain the basics of the gravity and magnetic fields on Earth and other Solar-System planets
  • explain the basic theory for heat transfer, seismology, gravity and magnetics, geoelectricity as geophysical methods to describe planetary interiors/exteriors
  • explain the detailed structure of Earth’s interior
  • describe the theory behind plate tectonics and the evolution of the Earth over time
  • calculate the gravity and magnetic response of simple geometric bodies
  • explain the basic geology of the terrestrial planets in the solar system
  • deliver a report based on geophysical data and analysis of data in Python/Matlab.

Course Content

Terrestrial planetary interiors and surfaces and heat flux, tidal forces, magnetic and gravity fields, geophysical methods to explore and model the interior and exterior of planets (seismic wave propagation, gravity, and magnetic fields, heat flux, radar), planetary evolution (plate tectonics).

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures, exercises (with Matlab) and a large assignment within a chosen subject of geophysics.


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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 30131
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Wed 13-17

7.500,00 DKK