TPG4100 - Physics and Geophysics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Physics: Magnetism, electromagnetic induction, AC circuits, electromagnetic waves and radioactivity.
Geophysics: Reflection and refraction seismics, gravimetry and magnetometry, electrical and electromagnetic methods.

Learning outcome

The students should know how physics and geophysics are used to map the interior of the earth and especially the upper 10 km of earth's crust.

The students should understand the main principles behind geophysical measuring techniques and how these methods are exploited for improved understanding of onshore and offshore subsurface.

The students should be capable of deriving basic geophysical equations. They should also be able to perform simple geophysical computations. Furthermore, it is expected that they should know how to use computational tools, as for instance Matlab for geophysical analysis.

General competence:
The students should understand that basic physics laws may be exploited in a variety of disciplines. They should also be trained to use self criticism, and to present work to others.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. The exercises are used as a supplement to the lecturing and there is no approval of the exercises. Exercises and solution proposals will be available on net. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination.

Course materials

Physics: Young & Freedman, University Physics, 12th edition, Pearson 2008 (same as in TFY4102).
Geophysics: Fishbane, Gasiorowicz, Thornton: Physics for scientists and engineers. Landrø: Lecture notes. Keary, Brooks and Hill: An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration, 3rd edition,

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4002 7.5
TGB4155 1.8 01.09.2008
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 5
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 5

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geophysics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
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