2016 Astrophysics and Planetary Physics A

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Nakamoto Taishi 
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Mon5-6(石実1-103, Meeting Room)  Thr5-6(石実1-103, Meeting Room)  
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Course description and aims

Formation of planets, extra-solar planets, solar system, and extra-solar planetary systems, is an interesting question. In order to understand the front line of planetary system formation studies, we look at basics of planetary system formation theory.

Student learning outcomes

Understand basics of planetary system formation processes.


Planetary System Formation, Planetary Sciences, Astronomy, Astrophysics

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow


Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of Planetary Systems Understand basic properties of planetary systems.
Class 2 Methods of Observation Understand methods of observations.
Class 3 Internal Structure of Stars Understand internal structure of stars.
Class 4 Evolution of Stars and Generation of Elements Understand evolution of stars and generation of elements.
Class 5 Materials for Planetary System Formation Understand materials for planetary system formation.
Class 6 Overview of Planetary System Formation Understand basics of planetary system formation process.
Class 7 Star Formation: Gravitational Stability Analysis of Molecular Clouds Understand the gravitational stability of molecular clouds.
Class 8 Formation of Protoplanetary Disks Understand the formation of protoplanetary disks.
Class 9 Dynamical Evolution of Disk: Accretion Disk Understand the accretion disks.
Class 10 Thermal Structure of Disk: Temperature of Disk Understand the thermal structure of disks.
Class 11 Evolution of Dust Particles: Motion Understand the motion of dust particles in disk.
Class 12 Formation of Planetesimals Understand the formation of planetesimals.
Class 13 Planetary Growth Understand the planetary growth process.
Class 14 Formation of Planetary Systems Understand the formation of planetary systems.
Class 15 Properties of Planetary Systems: Habitable Planets Understand the properties of planetary systems.


No textbook is set.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Homework assignments: 100%

Related courses

  • EPS.A411 : Astrophysics and Planetary Physics B
  • EPS.A412 : Astrophysics and Planetary Physics C
  • EPS.A413 : Astrophysics and Planetary Physics D

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

None required.

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