The application of physics at the microscopic level to geologic and geophysical problems. Topics: vibrational, electric and transport properties of minerals. Prereq: 2 yrs. math beyond calculus; 1 year physical chemistry or 1 year of both physics and chemistry; general geology, general geophysics and mineralogy, petrology or equivalent.
Tu, Th 3:00-4:20
Hinds 521; (773) 834-1085
HGS 541; (773) 702-3046
The syllabus and other class materials will be posted on Chalk.
Sadly, there is no great textbook for this course. The Girifalco text below is recommended for its treatment of solids, and the Poirier book is useful for giving this material an Earth Science emphasis. Additional material has been and will be made available on Chalk.
Statistical Mechanics of Solids, by L. A. Girifalco (ISBN 0195167171). The library offers electronic access to this title.
Introduction to the Physics of the Earth's Interior, by J. P. Poirier (ISBN 052166392X).
High pressure mineralogy
Equations of state
Harmonic vibrations in solids
Learn by doing. Grades will be based on the assignments.