TPG4100 - Physics and Geophysics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content


Magnetism, electromagnetic induction, AC circuits, electromagnetic waves and radioactivity.


The physical structure of the Earth

Solar system, plate tectonics, seismology, gravity, magnetic field.

Geophysical methods

Reflection and refraction seismics, gravimetry and magnetometry, electrical and electromagnetic methods.

Learning outcome

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

Knowledge: The students should know and understand the main geophysical measuring techniques and how these methods are applied to Earth monitoring and in exploration.

Skills: 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 Python for geophysical analysis.

General competence: The students should understand how fundamental physical laws and methods can be used to obtain a quantitative understanding of the Earth and can be exploited to learn about otherwise inaccessible regions. They should also be trained to critically evaluate historical and modern theories of the Earth, and to understand and practice scientific thinking and the core principles of scientific conduct.

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


Young & Freedman, University Physics, 12th edition, Pearson 2008.


William Lowrie and Andreas Fichtner, Fundamentals of Geophysics, 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Alan E. Mussett and M. Aftab Khan, Looking into the Earth, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4002 7.5
TGB4155 1.8 AUTUMN 2008
More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

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: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-05-23 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
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