2018 Experiments in Earth Material Science

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Instructor(s)
Ohta Kenji  Ueno Yuichiro  Gilbert Alexis Romai 
Course component(s)
Exercise /Experiment     
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue5-8(I2-318, I2-107)  Fri5-8(I2-318, I2-107)  
Group
-
Course number
EPS.L331
Credits
2
Academic year
2018
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2018/3/20
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Students will synthesize rocks in the Earth, and analyze them via X-ray diffraction measurements for phase identification, electron microscope for texture and chemical analyses. Students will learn the important experimental skills to study Earth, Planetary and material sciences. This course is an advanced Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Student learning outcomes

Experimental practical training on basic methods of artificial synthesis, analysis and analysis of rocks and minerals. Synthesizer such as resistance heating furnace used for synthesis and electron microscope / X-ray diffraction device used for analysis are important devices widely used not only for earth and planetary material science but also material research. We also learn the principles of these devices and analysis.

Keywords

mineral, rock, X-ray diffraction, electron microscope

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Lectures regarding the fundamentals of experimental apparatus, and some laboratories.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The importance of the material experiment in Earth and Planetary Science field. Understanding the importance of material experiments, and learning the major methods.
Class 2 Synthesizing the rocks and microscope observation, part1 Understanding the methods of rock synthesize, and learning how to observe the synthesized rocks.
Class 3 Synthesizing the rocks and microscope observation, part2 Understanding the methods of rock synthesize, and learning how to observe the synthesized rocks.
Class 4 Synthesizing the rocks and microscope observation, part3 Understanding the methods of rock synthesize, and learning how to observe the synthesized rocks.
Class 5 Synthesizing the rocks and microscope observation, part4 Understanding the methods of rock synthesize, and learning how to observe the synthesized rocks.
Class 6 X-ray diffraction measurement and its fundamentals, part1 Understanding the fundamentals of X-ray diffraction, and learning how to operate the XRD apparatus.
Class 7 X-ray diffraction measurement and its fundamentals, part2 Understanding the fundamentals of X-ray diffraction, and learning how to operate the XRD apparatus.
Class 8 X-ray diffraction measurement and its fundamentals, part3 Understanding the fundamentals of X-ray diffraction, and learning how to operate the XRD apparatus.
Class 9 Electron microscope: fundamentals and operation, part1 Understanding the fundamentals of electron microscope, and learning how to operate the apparatus.
Class 10 Electron microscope: fundamentals and operation, part2 Understanding the fundamentals of electron microscope, and learning how to operate the apparatus.
Class 11 Electron microscope: fundamentals and operation, part3 Understanding the fundamentals of electron microscope, and learning how to operate the apparatus.
Class 12 Mass spectrometer: fundamentals and operation, part1 Understanding the fundamentals of mass spectroscopy, and learning how to operate the apparatus.
Class 13 Mass spectrometer: fundamentals and operation, part2 Understanding the fundamentals of mass spectroscopy, and learning how to operate the apparatus.
Class 14 Mass spectrometer: fundamentals and operation, part3 Understanding the fundamentals of mass spectroscopy, and learning how to operate the apparatus.
Class 15 Summary and application To review the contents in previous classes

Textbook(s)

Texts will be provided for each class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Texts will be provided for each class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be evaluated from the intelligibility for material experiments. The score of this class is based on the score of reports and attitudes in every class.

Related courses

  • EPS.L201 : Experimental Methods of Earth and Planetary Sciences (safety and data analysis)
  • EPS.L202 : Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences (petrology)
  • EPS.L203 : Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences (geochemistry)
  • EPS.L204 : Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences (geophysical measurements)
  • EPS.L205 : Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences (field geology)
  • EPS.A331 : Earth Materials

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

Students must have taken EPS.L201 : Experimental Methods of Earth and Planetary Sciences (safety and data analysis), and Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences. It is desirable that students have taken EPS.A331 : Earth Materials.

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