# Search result: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2018

Earth Sciences Master | ||||||

Course Units for Additional Admission Requirements The courses below are only available for MSc students with additional admission requirements. | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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651-3001-AAL | Dynamic Earth I and II Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement. Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 11 credits | 24R | M. Schönbächler | |

Abstract | Provides a basic introduction into Earth Sciences, emphasizing different rock-types and the geological rock-cycle, as well as introduction into geophysics and plate tectonic theory. | |||||

Objective | Understanding basic geological and geophysical processes | |||||

Content | Overview of the Earth as a system, with emphasis on plate tectonic theory and the geological rock-cycle. Provides a basic introduction to crystals and minerals and different rock-types. Lectures include processes in the Earth's interior, physics of the earth, planetology, introduction to magmatic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Excercises are conducted in small groups to provide more in depth understanding of concepts and content of the lectures. | |||||

Lecture notes | werden abgegeben. | |||||

Literature | Grotzinger, J., Jordan, T.H., Press, F., Siever, R., 2007, Understanding Earth, W.H. Freeman & Co., New York, 5th Ed. Press, F. Siever, R., Grotzinger, J. & Jordon, T.H., 2008, Allgemeine Geologie. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, 5.Auflage. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Exercises and short excursions in small groups (10-15 students) will be lead by student assistants. Specific topics in earth sciences will be discussed using examples and case studies. Hand samples of the major rock types will be described and interpreted. Short excursions in the region of Zurich will permit direct experience with earth science processes (e.g. earth surface processes) and recognition of earth science problems and solutions relevant for modern society (e.g. building materials, water resources). Working in small groups will allow for discussion and examination of actual earth science themes. | |||||

651-3050-AAL | Fundamentals of GeophysicsEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement. Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 6 credits | 13R | P. Tackley, T. Gerya | |

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651-3070-AAL | Fundamentals of GeologyEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement. Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 6 credits | 13R | S. Bernasconi, W. Behr, C. A. Heinrich | |

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651-3400-AAL | Fundamentals of GeochemistryAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 6 credits | 21R | C. Liebske, O. Bachmann | |

Abstract | Self-study course. This course is only available for those who got it as an additional requirement in their MSc admission. | |||||

Objective | The course is intended to let the student learn fundamentals of geochemistry that were found lacking in his/her studies prior to entering the MSc in Earth Sciences at ETH. Contents of the course will be defined based on text books and/or scientific papers. | |||||

406-0243-AAL | Analysis I and IIAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 14 credits | 30R | M. Akka Ginosar | |

Abstract | Mathematical tools for the engineer | |||||

Objective | Mathematics as a tool to solve engineering problems. Mathematical formulation of technical and scientific problems. Basic mathematical knowledge for engineers. | |||||

Content | Complex numbers. Calculus for functions of one variable with applications. Simple Mathematical models in engineering. Multi variable calculus: gradient, directional derivative, chain rule, Taylor expansion, Lagrange multipliers. Multiple integrals: coordinate transformations, path integrals, integrals over surfaces, divergence theorem, applications in physics. Ordinary differential equations. | |||||

Literature | Textbooks in English: - J. Stewart: Calculus, Cengage Learning, 2009, ISBN 978-0-538-73365-6. - J. Stewart: Multivariable Calculus, Thomson Brooks/Cole. - V. I. Smirnov: A course of higher mathematics. Vol. II. Advanced calculus. - W. L. Briggs, L. Cochran: Calculus: Early Transcendentals: International Edition, Pearson Education. ISBN 978-0-321-65193-8. Textbooks in German: - M. Akveld, R. Sperb: Analysis I, vdf - M. Akveld, R. Sperb: Analysis II, vdf - L. Papula: Mathematik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler, Vieweg Verlag - L. Papula: Mathematik für Ingenieure 2, Vieweg Verlag | |||||

406-0062-AAL | Physics IAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 5 credits | 11R | A. Refregier | |

Abstract | Introduction to the concepts and tools in physics: mechanics of point-like and rigid bodies, elasticity theory, elements of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics, periodic motion and mechanical waves. | |||||

Objective | Introduction to the scientific methodology. The student should develop his/her capability to turn physical observations into mathematical models, and to solve the latter. The student should acquire an overview over the basic concepts in mechanics. | |||||

Content | Book: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Douglas C. Giancoli, Pearson Education (2009), ISBN: 978-0-13-157849-4 Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (without: 6-5, 6-6, 6-8), 7, 8 (without 8-9), 9, 10 (without 10-10), 11 (without 11-7), 13 (without 13-13, 13-14), 14 (without 14-6), 15 (without 15-3, 15-5) | |||||

Literature | see "Content" Friedhelm Kuypers Physik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler Band 1: Mechanik und Thermodynamik Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2002, 544 S, ca.: Fr. 68.- | |||||

651-3521-AAL | TectonicsAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 3 credits | 6R | T. Gerya | |

Abstract | Comprehensive understanding of role and evolution of oceanic and continental lithosphere in global plate tectonics and evolution of earth. Understanding principles of theoretical and experimental geothermics and fundamentals of mantle and lithosphere rheologies. | |||||

Objective | Comprehensive understanding of role and evolution of oceanic and continental lithosphere in global plate tectonics and evolution of earth. Understanding principles of theoretical and experimental geothermics and fundamentals of mantle and lithosphere rheologies. | |||||

Content | Concept of lithosphere-asthenosphere system in plate tectonics. Physics, chemistry, and rheology of crust and uppermost mantle. Thermal, chemical, and mechanical evolution and destruction/subduction of oceanic lithosphere and evolution of continents. Continental growth, example Europe. Fundamentals of rheology and geothermics of the mantle-lithosphere-crust system. | |||||

Lecture notes | Detailed scriptum in digital form and additional learning moduls (Link) available on intranet. | |||||

Literature | see list in scriptum. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | PPT-files of each lecture may be played back for rehearsal on Link. | |||||

529-2001-AAL | Chemistry I and IIAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 9 credits | 19R | W. Uhlig | |

Abstract | General Chemistry I and II: Chemical bond and molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, acids and bases, electrochemistry | |||||

Objective | Introduction to general and inorganic chemistry. Basics of the composition and the change of the material world. Introduction to the thermodynamically controlled physico-chemical processes. Macroscopic phenomena and their explanation through atomic and molecular properties. Using the theories to solve qualitatively and quantitatively chemical and ecologically relevant problems. | |||||

Content | 1. Stoichiometry 2. Atoms and Elements (Quantenmechanical Model of the Atom) 3. Chemical Bonding 4. Thermodynamics 5. Chemical Kinetics 6. Chemical Equilibrium (Acids and Bases, Solubility Equilibria) 7. Electrochemistry | |||||

Lecture notes | Nivaldo J. Tro Chemistry - A molecular Approach (Pearson), Chapter 1-18 | |||||

Literature | Housecroft and Constable, CHEMISTRY Oxtoby, Gillis, Nachtrieb, MODERN CHEMISTRY | |||||

406-0603-AAL | Stochastics (Probability and Statistics)Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 4 credits | 9R | M. Kalisch | |

Abstract | Introduction to basic methods and fundamental concepts of statistics and probability theory for non-mathematicians. The concepts are presented on the basis of some descriptive examples. Learning the statistical program R for applying the acquired concepts will be a central theme. | |||||

Objective | The objective of this course is to build a solid fundament in probability and statistics. The student should understand some fundamental concepts and be able to apply these concepts to applications in the real world. Furthermore, the student should have a basic knowledge of the statistical programming language "R". | |||||

Content | From "Statistics for research" (online) Ch 1: The Role of Statistics Ch 2: Populations, Samples, and Probability Distributions Ch 3: Binomial Distributions Ch 6: Sampling Distribution of Averages Ch 7: Normal Distributions Ch 8: Student's t Distribution Ch 9: Distributions of Two Variables From "Introductory Statistics with R (online)" Ch 1: Basics Ch 2: The R Environment Ch 3: Probability and distributions Ch 4: Descriptive statistics and tables Ch 5: One- and two-sample tests Ch 6: Regression and correlation | |||||

Literature | - "Statistics for research" by S. Dowdy et. al. (3rd edition); Print ISBN: 9780471267355; Online ISBN: 9780471477433; DOI: 10.1002/0471477435 From within the ETH, this book is freely available online under: Link - "Introductory Statistics with R" by Peter Dalgaard; ISBN 978-0-387-79053-4; DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-79054-1 From within the ETH, this book is freely available online under: Link | |||||

651-3525-AAL | Introduction to Engineering GeologyAny other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | E- | 3 credits | 6R | S. Löw | |

Abstract | This introductory course starts from a descriptions of the behavior and phenomena of soils and rocks under near surface loading conditions and their key geotechnical properties. Lab and field methods for the characterization of soils, rocks and rock masses are introduced. Finally practical aspects of ground engineering, including tunneling and landslide hazards are presented. | |||||

Objective | Understanding the basic geotechnical and geomechanical properties and processes of rocks and soils. Understanding the interaction of rock and soil masses with technical systems. Understanding the fundamentals of geological hazards. | |||||

Content | Rock, soil and rock mass: scale effects and fundamental geotechnical properties. Soil mechanical properties and their determination. Rock mechanical properties and their determination. Fractures: geotechnical properties and their determination. Geotechnical classification of intact rock, soils and rock masses. Natural and induced stresses in rock and soil. Interaction of soil masses with surface loads, water and excavations. Slope instability mechanisms and stability analyses. Underground excavation instability mechanisms and rock deformation. Geological mass wasting processes. | |||||

Lecture notes | Lecture Material as defined in German PPT Slides of the German Course “651-3525-00L Ingenieurgeologie”. | |||||

Literature | For English speakers study chapters 1-3 of Part I of the book “Geological Engineering” (Gonzalez de Vallejo & Ferrer 2011, CRC Press), without groundwater flow, consolidation time, geophysical methods, details of triaxial tests in soils and rocks, details of clay mineralogy. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Participate on all exercises of “651-3525-00L Ingenieurgeologie”, Thursday 13-14 pm. Participate in Written Exam together with students of the German Course |

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