EOSC 250 · Fields and Fluxes

Application of classical theory of scalar and vector fields to geophysical sciences. Conductive, convective and radiative energy flux, gravitation, electrostatics, and magnetostatics. Gauss' and Stokes' theorems. [3-0-0] Prerequisite: One of PHYS 101, PHYS 107, PHYS 117, PHYS 157. Corequisite: MATH 200. One of PHYS 102, 108, 118, 158 is recommended.

Course Availability & Schedule


Christian Schoof

TA Anna Grau


Required: online course notes (see below)


  • Div, Grad, Curl and all That, H.M. Schey, Norton & Co., 1997.
  • Vector Analysis, M.R. Spiegel, Schaum's Outline Series, McGraw-Hill, 1959.
  • A multivariable calculus book (e.g. Stewart, Adams or Marsden & Tromba)
  • A differential equations text (e.g. Boyce and DiPrima)

Course Content

NOTE: If you're looking for a geophysics course purely to satisfy APEGBC requirements, you should look at EOS350 rather than EOS250

Division of marks:
Assignments - 35%
Mid-term exam - 10%
Quizzes/Homework/Class participation - 15%
Final exam - 40%

Mid-Term Examination - tbd


I expect to set 4 to 6 assignments in this course. They will be set on Fridays and wil be due at the end of class on the following Friday. No marks for late assignments.

Office hours

Wednesday 2-3 pm, EOS-South 356. Contact me in advance if you can't make this but need to see me.

Lecture notes:

Course information, practice exams etc.: