2019 Advanced Earth and Space Sciences E

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Instructor(s)
Ohta Kenji  Yokoyama Tetsuya  Ueno Yuichiro  Nakajima Junichi 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-6(石実1-103, Ishikawadai Bldg. 2, (Laboratory Bldg.)103 room)  Thr5-6(石実1-103, Ishikawadai Bldg. 2, (Laboratory Bldg.)103 room)  
Group
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Course number
EPS.A418
Credits
2
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2019/3/18
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

The teacher gives lectures regarding a topic of solid Earth science, and then discuss the topic with students, according to the contents in Treatise on Geophysics.

Student learning outcomes

To appreciate research hystory and the unsolved problems regarding Solid Earth Scince field. Topics in the class are deep Earth structure, mantle and core dynamics, and formation and evolution of Earth, planets and moons.

Keywords

Solid Earth, crust, mantle, and core

Competencies that will be developed

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

At the beginning of each class, the teacher gives lectures, and then students present and discuss the assignment.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Deep Earth structure: Crust and upper mantle To summarize the unsolved problems regarding crust and upper mantle.
Class 2 Deep Earth structure: Mantle transition zone and lower mantle To summarize the unsolved problems regarding mantle transition zone and lower mantle.
Class 3 Deep Earth structure: Outer and inner cores To summarize the unsolved problems regarding outer and inner cores.
Class 4 Mineral physics: High pressure and temperature phase relations for minerals To summarize phase relations of the major materials in the Earth's mantle and core.
Class 5 Mineral physics: Physical properties of minerals under high pressure and temperature To summarize the methods of physical properties measurement under high P-T conditions.
Class 6 Mineral physics: High pressure and high temperature experiment To summarize the methods to generate high P-T conditions relevant to the interior of the Earth.
Class 7 Geomagnetism: Generation of Earth's magnetic field To summarize the theories to generate geomagnetic field.
Class 8 Geomagnetism: Paleomagnetism To summarize the methods to determine paleomagnetic field from rocks.
Class 9 Dynamics in crust and lithosphere To summarize the unsolved problems regarding crust and lithosphere dynamics.
Class 10 Mantle dynamics: Mantle convection To summarize the unsolved problems regarding mantle dynamics.
Class 11 Core dynamics: Outer core dynamics To summarize the unsolved problems regarding the outer core dynamics.
Class 12 Core dynamics: Inner core dynamics To summarize the unsolved problems regarding the inner core dynamics.
Class 13 Interaction between core-mantle boundary To summarize the unsolved problems regarding the interaction between core and mantle.
Class 14 Formation of Earth and its thermal evolution To summarize the ideas of Earth's formation process.
Class 15 Dynamics in planets and moons To summarize the unsolved problems regarding dynamics in planets and moons.

Textbook(s)

Provided at each class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Elsevier [Treatise on Geophysics]

Assessment criteria and methods

The score is based on understanding degree of the class, quality of handouts students made, and students' presentations.

Related courses

  • EPS.A205 : Introduction to Earth Sciences
  • EPS.A331 : Earth Materials
  • EPS.A424 : Advanced Earth and Space Sciences H
  • EPS.A426 : Advanced Earth and Space Sciences I

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

It is required that students have basic knowledge and research experiences in the solid Earth field.

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