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GEOS702 – Thermodynamics of Earth Processes

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Stephen Foley
12 Wally's Walk, Room 128
Lecturer
Simon Clark
12 Wallys' Walk, Room 131
Lect
Juan Carlos Afonso
12 Wally's Walk, Room 124
Simon Clark
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit provides the basis for using thermodynamic calculations to aid the interpretation of experimental results. The unit combines experimental and computational methods applied to a number of case studies to allow the student to acquire practical skills applicable to a wide range of research areas. Case studies will include: (i) understanding trace element partitioning and behaviour, (ii) investigating the effect of volatiles on the physics and chemistry of rock properties and melt, (iii) modelling the mineralogy of planetary interiors and (iv) geothermobarometry. Students will acquire skills in the use of standard packages such as Thermocalc and have the opportunity to apply the methods learnt to their own research interest area.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. To gain an appreciation of the thermodynamics behind phase diagrams
  2. To understand the components of the Gibbs Free Energy
  3. To read and interpret simple geological phase diagrams
  4. To undersand the reasons for and differences between equations of state
  5. To appreciate various thermodynamic mixing models and their applications
  6. To calculate a simple phase diagram from thermodynamic data

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Phase diagrams 30% Weeks 1-3
Mixing models 30% Weeks 4-6
Phase diagram construction 40% Weeks 7-9

Phase diagrams

Due: Weeks 1-3
Weighting: 30%

Read and interpret phase diagrams.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • To gain an appreciation of the thermodynamics behind phase diagrams
  • To understand the components of the Gibbs Free Energy
  • To read and interpret simple geological phase diagrams
  • To appreciate various thermodynamic mixing models and their applications

Mixing models

Due: Weeks 4-6
Weighting: 30%

Calculations involving the application of mixing models to thermodynamic data


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • To understand the components of the Gibbs Free Energy
  • To undersand the reasons for and differences between equations of state
  • To appreciate various thermodynamic mixing models and their applications

Phase diagram construction

Due: Weeks 7-9
Weighting: 40%

Calculation of phase diagrams from thermodynamic data using MATLAB


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • To gain an appreciation of the thermodynamics behind phase diagrams
  • To understand the components of the Gibbs Free Energy
  • To read and interpret simple geological phase diagrams
  • To undersand the reasons for and differences between equations of state
  • To appreciate various thermodynamic mixing models and their applications
  • To calculate a simple phase diagram from thermodynamic data

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • To gain an appreciation of the thermodynamics behind phase diagrams
  • To understand the components of the Gibbs Free Energy
  • To read and interpret simple geological phase diagrams
  • To undersand the reasons for and differences between equations of state
  • To appreciate various thermodynamic mixing models and their applications
  • To calculate a simple phase diagram from thermodynamic data

Assessment tasks

  • Phase diagrams
  • Mixing models
  • Phase diagram construction

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • To appreciate various thermodynamic mixing models and their applications

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • To gain an appreciation of the thermodynamics behind phase diagrams
  • To understand the components of the Gibbs Free Energy
  • To read and interpret simple geological phase diagrams
  • To undersand the reasons for and differences between equations of state
  • To appreciate various thermodynamic mixing models and their applications
  • To calculate a simple phase diagram from thermodynamic data

Assessment tasks

  • Phase diagrams
  • Mixing models
  • Phase diagram construction

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • To gain an appreciation of the thermodynamics behind phase diagrams
  • To understand the components of the Gibbs Free Energy
  • To read and interpret simple geological phase diagrams
  • To undersand the reasons for and differences between equations of state
  • To appreciate various thermodynamic mixing models and their applications

Assessment tasks

  • Phase diagrams
  • Mixing models
  • Phase diagram construction