2017 Geochemistry D

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Graduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Yokoyama Tetsuya  Haba Makiko  Notsu Kenji 
Class Format
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Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(石川台, 2号館, 実験棟1-103)  Fri3-4(石川台, 2号館, 実験棟1-103)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on cosmochemistry following the textbook "Treatise on Geochemistry". The basic knowledge about the origin and evolution of the solar system. In the second half of the course, students will make presentations regarding the topics below;
1) Formation of the solar system
2) Presolar world
3) Meteoirtics
4) Chondrites and their components
5) Early solar system chronology
6) Moon, Mars
7) IDPs, Comets

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to understand:
1) origin of the solar system
2) meteorites and their application
3) dating of extraterrestrial materials
4) origin of planets


early solar system, isotopes, meteorites, chemical analysis, planets, chronology

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 Origin of the solar system Understanding of the origin of the solar system
Class 2 Presolar grains Understanding of presolar grains
Class 3 Meteorite classification Understanding of meteorite classification
Class 4 CAIs, chondrules Understanding of CAIs and chondrules
Class 5 Age of the solar system materials Understanding of the age of solar system materials
Class 6 Planetary materials Understanding of planetary materials
Class 7 Dust grains in the solar system Understanding of dust grains in the solar system
Class 8 Presentation 1 (Formation of the solar system) Understanding of the formation process of the solar system
Class 9 Presentation 2 (Presolar world) Understanding of presolar world
Class 10 Presentation 3 (Meteoirtics) Understanding of meteorites
Class 11 Presentation 4 (Chondrites and their components) Understanding of chondrites and their components
Class 12 Presentation 5 (Early solar system chronology) Understanding of early solar system chronology
Class 13 Presentation 6 (Moon, Mars) Understanding of Moon and Mars
Class 14 Presentation 7 (Interplanetary dust particles, Comets) Understanding of interplanetary dust particles and comets
Class 15 Discussion Final discussion


Treatise on Geochemistry (Second Edition)  Vol.1 『Meteorites and Cosmochemical Processes』 Elsevier
Treatise on Geochemistry (Second Edition)  Vol.2 『Planets, Asteriods, Comets and The Solar System』 Elsevier

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be provided during the class

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of the geochemical application of extraterrestrial materials.
Students' course scores are based on discussion during the class (30%) and group presentation (70%).

Related courses

  • EPS.A422 : Geochemistry A
  • EPS.A423 : Geochemistry B
  • EPS.A424 : Geochemistry C

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

No prerequisites

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