2018 Dynamics of the Earth and Planet

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Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Nakajima Junichi  Ogawa Yasuo 
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Tue3-4(I2-318)  Fri3-4(I2-318)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on earthquakes, magmatism, thermal convection, material transportation, plate motion, and chemical reaction that are ongoing in the Earth.

Students will have the chance to tackle practical problems in the Earth by applying knowledge acquired through this course.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) understand characteristics of seismic waves
2) understand source process of earthquakes
3) understand seismotectonics beneath Japan
3) understand how to live through earthquakes and volcanic eruptions


Earth, Seismic wave, Elastic constant, attenuation, velocity model, fault, fault-plane solution, density, temperature, composition, convection system, volcanism, plate motion

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and prepare for the topics with handouts and references.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Strain and stress Fundamental theory of elasticity
Class 2 Hook's law Understand the Hook's law
Class 3 Fundamental equations Understand fundamental equations of elasticity
Class 4 Fundamental nature of body waves Characteristics of body waves derived from the theory of elasticity
Class 5 Fundamental nature of surface waves Characteristics of surface waves derived from the theory of elasticity
Class 6 Propagation of seismic waves Propagation of seismic waves
Class 7 Estimates of seismic velocity in the Earth Theory of seismic tomography
Class 8 Hypocenter and fault movement Hypocenter determination and fault movement
Class 9 Green function and wave equation Green function and wave equation
Class 10 Representation theorem Understand how to derive representation theorem
Class 11 Point source and moment tensor Describe source model
Class 12 Size of earthquakes Size of earthquakes and scaling law
Class 13 Seismic activity in Japan Seismicity beneath Japan and its relation to tectonic condition
Class 14 Disaster prevention Disaster prevention
Class 15 Large earthquakes in Japan Anticipated earthquakes in Japan


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on final exams and reports.

Related courses

  • EPS.B201 : Mathematics for Physics A (EPS course)
  • EPS.B330 : Fluid Mechanics (EPS course)
  • EPS.B202 : Thermodynamics (EPS course)
  • EPS.B203 : Mechanics (EPS course)
  • EPS.L202 : Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences (petrology)
  • EPS.B210 : Mathematics for Physics B (EPS course)

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

No prerequisites.

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