Advanced Petrology

Course title:

Advanced petrology: kinetic theory in petrology

Course Number:

Course: 650.810

ECTS credits:

3 ECTS credits

Target group:

Master and Ph.D. students

Duration:

2 Semester hours

Exam:

Continuous assessment

Required previous knowledge:

– Basic petrology
– Geochemistry
– Mineral chemistry/mineralogy
– Basics of physics
– Basics of inorganic chemistry

Course Objective:

The course will give the basics of kinetic theory and their applications to geological problems. It covers the principles of kinetics from the atomistic treatment of reaction rates and potential energy surfaces to the megascopic treatment of the kinetics of geochemical cycles. The course stresses the close relationship between reaction kinetics and reaction mechanism and emphasizes the need to view earth science phenomena as “on-going” processes, that is, to add the element of time fully to the more traditional classification of the Earth in terms of chemical or physical signatures. The student will be introduced to the origin and interpretation of microstructures and chemical zonation. Kinetics of rock-forming processes and the critical role of fluids will be central topics in lectures.

Teaching method:

Interaction methods + brainstorms using real examples.

Course contents/material

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Post-Course Survey/Evaluation

Course Evalution (Educational and Student Services_Graz University)