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This chapter outlines the classical theory of terrestrial ocean tides, the study of which was pioneered by Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827). Our treatment of ocean tides
takes all major harmonics of the tide generating potential into account, as well as the finite elasticity of the
Earth, and the self-gravity of the oceans. As will become apparent, the theory of terrestrial ocean tides is extremely complicated.
Hence, for the sake of simplicity and brevity, we shall only consider two relatively
idealized scenarios. First, tides in a frictionless ocean of constant depth that covers the whole surface of the Earth, and, second,
tides in a frictionless ocean of constant depth that only covers one hemisphere of the Earth (and lies between two meridians
of longitude). It turns out that these two scenarios (in particular, the latter) exhibit most of the observed
features of terrestrial ocean tides. More information on terrestrial tides can be found in
Lamb 1993 and Cartwright 1999.