2016 Introduction to Earth and Planetary Sciences

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Instructor(s)
Nakamoto Taishi 
Course component(s)
Lecture     
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(I2-318)  Fri3-4(I2-318)  
Group
-
Course number
EPS.A202
Credits
2
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2016/4/27
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Understand the basics of planetary sciences: structure and properties of our Solar system, stars, and planets, as well as the formation and evolution of planetary systems. Also, some relations with other classes provided in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences are introduced.

Student learning outcomes

Understand basics of planetary sciences.

Keywords

Planetary Science, Astronomy, Astrophysics

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lectures

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What are planets? Understand planets.
Class 2 Basic Astronomy 1: Objects in the Universe Understand objects in the universe.
Class 3 Basic Astronomy 2: Methods to Measure Objects Understand methods to measure objects.
Class 4 Motion of Planets 1: Two-Body Problem Understand two-body problem.
Class 5 Motion of Planets 2: Kepler Motion Understand Kepler motion.
Class 6 Motion of Planets 3: Multi-Body System Understand multi-body system.
Class 7 Internal Structure of Objects 1: Sun 1 --- Basic Equations --- Think of the internal structure of the Sun.
Class 8 Internal Structure of Objects 2: Sun 2 --- Thermodynamical Properties --- Understand thermodynamical properties of the Sun.
Class 9 Internal Structure of Objects 3: Solid Planets Think of the internal structure of solid planets.
Class 10 Formation of Planetary Systems 1: Star and Protoplanetary Disk Formation Understand the formation of star and protoplanetary disk.
Class 11 Formation of Planetary Systems 2: Evolution of Dust Particles in Disk Understand the evolution of dust particles in the disk.
Class 12 Formation of Planetary Systems 3: From Protoplanets to Planets Understand processes from protoplanets to planets.
Class 13 Extra-Solar Planets 1: Methods of Observation Understand extra-solar planet observation methods.
Class 14 Extra-Solar Planets 2: Properties of Observed Planets Understand properties of extra-solar planets.
Class 15 Extra-Solar Planets 3: Exoplanets and Planetary System Formation Theory Understand planetary system formation theory.

Textbook(s)

No textbook is set.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in class can be found in OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Homework assignments: 100%

Related courses

  • EPS.B203 : Mechanics (EPS course)
  • EPS.B212 : Electromagnetism (EPS course)
  • EPS.B202 : Thermodynamics (EPS course)
  • LAS.A101 : Earth and Space Sciences A
  • LAS.A102 : Earth and Space Sciences B
  • LAS.A110 : Earth and Space Sciences, Laboratory and Field Studies (geophysics)
  • LAS.A111 : Earth and Space Sciences, Laboratory and Field Studies (earth materials)
  • LAS.A112 : Earth and Space Sciences, Laboratory and Field Studies (astronomy)
  • EPS.A333 : Planetary Astronomy

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required

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