2022 Experimental Methods of Earth and Planetary Sciences (safety and data analysis)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Yokoyama Tetsuya  Ishikawa Akira 
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Course description and aims

The instructor lectures on the importance and regulations of safety management in the university with special reference to the department class. Lectures on data analysis provide several useful statistical methods for Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Student learning outcomes

Every student learns safety management necessary for studying at the university. Students learn fundamental knowledge and applications of the statistical treatment of scientific data in data analysis.


Safety management, Waste material, Data analysis, Statistical treatment

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The instructor will explain many examples of safety management and data analysis, and each student can apply the knowledge to their studies at university.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Safety management: Introduction Understanding objectives of the class.
Class 2 Safety management: Chemical reagents Learning the dangers of chemical reagents
Class 3 Safety management: Risks in experimental studies Learn safety management for field works, chemistry experiments, high pressure and temperatures, high voltage, etc.
Class 4 Safety management: How to treat waste materials Learning the university regulations of waste materials and risk assessment.
Class 5 Data analysis: Normal distribution and Errors Fundamental theory of normal distribution and error analysis.
Class 6 Data analysis: Error propagation and the least squares method Fundamental theory of error propagation and application of the least squares fitting.
Class 7 Data analysis: Polynomial approximation and model selection Fundamental theory and application of the polynomial approximation and selection of the optimal order.

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.


No specific textbook.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials necessary for the class will be given.

Assessment criteria and methods

The score is determined from several reports on subjects related to the lecture.

Related courses

  • EPS.L205 : Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences (field geology)
  • 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.B201 : Mathematics for Physics A (EPS course)
  • EPS.B210 : Mathematics for Physics B (EPS course)
  • EPS.A204 : Introduction to Earth and Planetary Physics

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

No requirements.


This lecture is for undergraduate students in Department of the Earth and Planetary Sciences.

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