Quantitative Problem-Solving in Geosciences
The course starts with refreshing some important quantitative tools (e.g., derivatives, integrals, regression, etc.), and focuses for the most part on quantitative problem-solving in the context of - among other topics - crustal isostasy, fluid flow dynamics, Earth and planetary gravity fields, seismicity, plate tectonics, radioactive decay, ocean biogeochemical dynamics, coastal erosion, etc.
BSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience
- Crustal isostasy.
- Planetary gravitation.
- Seismicity and plate motions.
- Radioactive decay.
- Fluid dynamics.
- Pose and handle quantitative problems related to the geoscientific topics above.
- The overarching goal is to enable students to set up quantitative problems in order to i) make inferences of geological value from the analyses of geophysical data, and ii) obtain theoretical results that can be applied to other similar problems of geological interest.
This course aims at enabling students to understand the ways in which a problem of geological interest can be set up quantitatively and solved using various mathematical tools. This aims at enabling students to gain confidence in setting up larger quantitative problems through the use of computers, but keeping control of the quantitative aspects involved. The course also provides a context in which many of the geological processes already seen, or to be seen, in other courses occur.
Class lectures, class exercises, homework assignments.
Please see the Absalon course page.
It is recommended that students are familiar with the geoscientific topics covered in blocks 1-2 of the 1st BSc year (Planet Earth, Grundvand og rumlig data, Palæontologi, Mineralogi).
Since the exam format is a 4-hr written assignment, this course
features a 3-hr trial-exam and feedback to students around the
This course contains elements that fall into the categories of Quantitative methods, Statistics.
Continuous feedback is provided to students during the course - this is based primarily on the exercise sessions, and is done in the form of a collective feedback to the group of students during class time, as well as individual feedback during meetings for questions.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
- Type of assessment details
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
See Learning Outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Theory exercises
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Block 3
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Geosciences and Management
- Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
- Faculty of Science
- Giampiero Iaffaldano (4-696b6b63426b6970306d7730666d)
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