2019 Introduction to Earth Sciences

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Instructor(s)
Ohta Kenji  Nakajima Junichi  Ogawa Yasuo 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon7-8(I123)  Thr7-8(I123)  
Group
-
Course number
EPS.A205
Credits
2
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2019/3/18
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Evolution of the Earth and planets is learned through geophysics and earth material sciences.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will acquire the basic knowledge to learn solid state Earth and planetary sciences.

Keywords

Earth, plate, crust, mantle, core, tide, earthquake

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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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 General introduction and plate tectonics To investigate the characteristic topography on the Earth's surface
Class 2 Earth's materials and phase transition 1~ mantle To investigate the structure of the Earth's mantle and constituent minerals in each layer.
Class 3 Earth's materials and phase transition 2~ core To investigate the structure of the Earth's core and constituent materials in each layer.
Class 4 Earth's materials and phase transition 2~ core To investigate the structure of the Earth's core and constituent materials in each layer.
Class 5 Magmatism (igneous rocks) To investigate the creation process of igneous rocks.
Class 6 Interaction between atmosphere, ocean, and solid Earth (sedimentary rocks) To investigate the creation process of sedimetary rocks.
Class 7 Collision of continents (metamorphic rocks) To investigate the creation process of sedimetary rocks.
Class 8 Introduction of planetary material science To investigate the structure, constituent materials, and tectonics of terrestrial planets.
Class 9 Evolution of the Earth-Moon system: Ocean tide The ocean tide is determined from the balance between the centrifugal and gravitational forces in the Earth-Moon system.
Class 10 Magnetic fields of the Earth and planets Magnetic field observations of the Earth and planets are explained with fundamental dynamo theory.
Class 11 Plate tectonics: relative and abolute motions Determination of the plate motion is studied.
Class 12 Fracture of rocks and fault formation Applying fundamental elastic theory, fracture of rocks and formation of faults are studied.
Class 13 Propagation of seismic waves: Fundamental theory Various seismic waves and their propagation are studied.
Class 14 Earthquakes Seismotectonics are studied.
Class 15 Volcanoes Volcanotectonics are studied.

Textbook(s)

None

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials necessary for the class will be given.

Assessment criteria and methods

Score is determined with tests and several reports on the subject related to the lecture.

Related courses

  • EPS.A202 : Introduction to Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • EPS.L202 : Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences (petrology)
  • EPS.B201 : Mathematics for Physics A (EPS course)
  • EPS.B210 : Mathematics for Physics B (EPS course)
  • EPS.A332 : Volcanology
  • EPS.A331 : Earth Materials
  • EPS.L331 : Experiments in Earth Material Science
  • EPS.A336 : Dynamics of the Earth and Planet

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

Physics and mathematics in the first grade should be understood.

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