2021 Introduction to Earth and Planetary Sciences

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Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Nakamoto Taishi 
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Mon7-8(石川台2号館Ishikawadai Bldg. 2 318)  Thr7-8(石川台2号館Ishikawadai Bldg. 2 318)  
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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 Introduction: What are planets? To understand planets.
Class 2 Motion of Planets 1: Two-Body Problem To understand two-body problem.
Class 3 Motion of Planets 2: Kepler Motion To understand Kepler motion.
Class 4 Motion of Planets 3: Multi-Body System To understand multi-body system.
Class 5 Internal Structure of Objects 1: Sun 1 --- Basic Equations --- Think of the internal structure of the Sun.
Class 6 Internal Structure of Objects 2: Sun 2 --- Thermodynamical Properties --- To understand thermodynamical properties of the Sun.
Class 7 Internal Structure of Objects 3: Solid Planets Think of the internal structure of solid planets.
Class 8 Generation of Elements by Stars To understand the origin of elements generated by nucleosynthesis.
Class 9 Age of Solar System To understand the radiometric dating and the age of our solar system.
Class 10 Solar System Small Bodies 1 To understand basic properties of asteroids and comets.
Class 11 Solar System Small Bodies 2 To think of the internal melting of meteorite parent bodies.
Class 12 Extrasolar Planets To understand basics of exoplanets.
Class 13 Formation of Planetary Systems 1: Star and Protoplanetary Disk Formation To understand the formation of star and protoplanetary disk.
Class 14 Formation of Planetary Systems 2: Evolution of Dust Particles in Disk and Formation of Planets To understand the evolution of dust particles in the disk.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



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

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


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