Posted May 24, 2016 by admin in Articles

[May 24-2016] Undergraduate Course Highlight: FI2161 Earth Physics and Complex System


This course discuss the structure and the dynamics of the Earth, different types of earth materials (rocks), Earth’s  forming process and the cycle, physical quantities of earth materials, physical methods for measuring these quantities, the basic principles and characteristics of complex systems which include interactions between variables, the emergence of collective behavior, and the ability of self-organization.

In the past semester (Sem I 2015/2016), this course is given by Dr. Wahyu Srigutomo

Topics covered in this course: Introduction to Earth and its interior, from the core, mantle, up to the crust as well as the dynamics and tectonics theory. The introduction of rock parameters such as porosity, permeability, and cracks. The introduction of several types of rocks (carbonate, sandstone, shale, clay), rock mineralogy. Gravity exploration method: from theory, data processing to interpretation, magnetic,  elasticity of rocks, refraction seismic, reflection seismic, geoelectric, electromagnetic methods, the complex system of the earth.

In Curriculum 2013 this course is a required subject for students who want to work under PECS research group faculty.


  1. W.M. Telford, L. P. Geldart, R. E. Sheriff, Applied Geophysics, Cambridge University Press.
  2. Robert Sheriff & Geldart, Exploration Seismology, Cambridge University Press.
  3. H. J. Pain, Physics Vibration and waves, John Willey and sons
  4. J. Hinze, Ralph R. B. Von Frese, Alif Saad, Gavity and Magnetic Exploratilliam, Cambridge University Press
  5. Nino Boccara, Modeling Complex Systems, Springer.
  6. Wahyu Srigutomo, Kapita Selekta Fisika Sistem Kompleks
  7. Naotatsu Shikazono, Introduction to Earth and Planetary System Science, Springer
  8. Lowrie Prelims, Fundamentals of Geophysics, Cambridge University Press.


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