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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 12.48 (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Thermodynamics for Geoscientists 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Timothy Grove 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 12.480 Thermodynamics for Geoscientists



    Fall 2006




    Course Highlights




    12.480 Thermodynamics for Geoscientists



    Fall 2006


    Liquidus diagram for the system forsterite-diopside anorthite.
    Liquidus diagram for the system forsterite-diopside anorthite. Primary phase boundaries are shown for pressures of 0.1 and 700 MPa. (Image by Prof. Timothy Grove.)


    Course Description


    In this course, principles of thermodynamics are used to infer the physical conditions of formation and modification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. The course includes phase equilibria of homogeneous and heterogeneous systems and thermodynamic modeling of non-ideal crystalline solutions. It also surveys the processes that lead to the formation of metamorphic and igneous rocks in the major tectonic environments in the Earth's crust and mantle.
     

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