2018 Introduction to Earth and Planetary Sciences

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Nakamoto Taishi  Okuzumi Satoshi  Nomura Hideko 
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Mon5-6(I321)  Thr5-6(I321)  
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Course description and aims

To 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

To understand basics of planetary sciences.


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

Contents and the order of contents listed in the plan may change due to the progress of the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

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



Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in the 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

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