480-4013/02 – Physical Properties of Rocks (FVH)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of PhysicsCredits5
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Libor Hlaváč, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Libor Hlaváč, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2018/2019Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGF, FEIIntended for study typesBachelor, Follow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
HLA57 prof. Ing. Libor Hlaváč, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Student characterises rock materials from the physical point of view. He describes their physical properties and predicts material behaviour in various physical conditions. Student applies his knowledge for solution of model situations, analyses theoretical and experimental results and on that base he modifies practical applications or evaluates them.

Teaching methods



The aim of the subject is to classify rock properties from the point of view of general and physics aspects, compare the individual properties in terms of their causes and explain their contexts, analyze acquired knowledge, deduce individual characteristics from individual laws and compile individual parts of teaching from literary and other sources. To consider the interrelationships between the properties of the rocks and their early and rheological behavior.

Compulsory literature:

Stavrogin, A.N., Tarasov, B.G.: Experimental physics and rock mechanics. Fairhurst, Ch. (ed.), Lisse: A.A. Balkema, 2001, ISBN 90-5809-213-5 Jaeger, J.C., Cook, N.G.W. and Zimmermann, R.W.: Fundamentals of rock mechanics. Malden: Blackwell, 2007, ISBN 978-0-632-05759-7

Recommended literature:

The komplete ISRM suggested methods for rock characterization, testing and monitoring: 1974 – 2006 Ulusay, R. and Hudson, J.A. (eds.), Ankara: Commission on Testing Methods, International Society for Rock Mechanics, 2007, ISBN 978-975-93675-4-1

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Tests, projects, written and oral examinations, systematic preparation for lectures


Not available

Other requirements

Systematic preparation for lectures.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction - repetition of the structure of substances and basic theories of fabric construction. 2. Physical properties of rocks according to sample size and condition - influence of internal / external factors on rock properties. 3. Mechanical properties - density, elasticity, strength, plasticity and rheological behavior of rock properties. 4. Acoustic properties - dependence of characteristics on internal and external factors. 5. Thermal properties - patterns of heat propagation in rock, thermal expansion of rocks. 6. Electric and magnetic properties of rocks 1 - polarization, permittivity, permeability. 7. Electric and magnetic properties of rocks 2 - electrical conductivity of rocks, magnetism. 8. Electromagnetic radiation and rock 1 - optical properties of rocks, X-ray radiation. 9. Electromagnetic radiation and rock 2 - optical and X-ray radiation and rock. 10. Radioactive radiation and rock 1 - rock radioactivity, decay series. 11. Radioactive radiation and rock 2 - time development of radioactivity in rock, the effect of radioactive radiation on rocks. 12. Multicomponent systems - equilibrium in single and multicomponent systems, metastable states, phase transitions. 13. Mutual relations - influence of rock properties on physical phenomena, classification of rocks according to physical properties.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2018/2019 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 33  17
        Examination Examination 67  18 3
Mandatory attendence participation: attending of seminars at least 80%, handing in seminar works

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: Completion of all mandatory tasks within individually agreed deadlines.

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