2022 Seismology

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Nakajima Junichi 
Class Format
Lecture    (Face-to-face)
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(石川台2号館318室)  Fri3-4(石川台2号館318室)  
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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 Introduction Introduction
Class 2 Strain and stress Fundamental theory of elasticity
Class 3 Hook's law Understand the Hook's law
Class 4 Fundamental equations Understand fundamental equations of elasticity
Class 5 Fundamental nature of body waves Characteristics of body waves
Class 6 Fundamental nature of surface waves Characteristics of surface waves
Class 7 Propagation of seismic waves Propagation of seismic waves
Class 8 Estimates of seismic velocity in the Earth Theory of seismic tomography
Class 9 Hypocenter and fault movement Hypocenter determination and fault movement
Class 10 Size of earthquakes Size of earthquakes and scaling law
Class 11 Seismicity in Japan Seismicity beneath Japan and its relation to tectonic condition
Class 12 Disaster prevention Disaster prevention
Class 13 Research topics Introduction of research topics
Class 14 Written Exam. Written Exam.

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.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on tests 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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