2016 Material Cycle Analysis

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Instructor(s)
Yoshida Naohiro  Toyoda Sakae  Yamada Keita 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue7-8(G112)  
Group
-
Course number
CAP.I535
Credits
1
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2016/4/27
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the lecture] This course explains methodology of decoding origins and histories of environmental materials using abundance and variation of their isotopic substitutes. Especially, this course explains some new methodology using multiple isotopic substitutes such as mass-independent fractionation, multiply substituted species and position-specific isotope analyses as well as the methodology using single isotopic substitute analysis.
[Aim of the lecture]The purpose of this course is to understand the concepts of isotopic analysis for decoding origins and histories of environmental materials.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
(1) Explain the principle and practice about material analyses of environmental substances using their isotopic substitutes on light element.
(2) Determine deductively the precursors, source, sink, mixing, transport and diffusion of environmental substances by the observation of spatio-temporal distributions of their isotopic substitutes.

Keywords

material cycles, isotopic substitutes

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 end of each class, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve.
Students must familiarize themselves using course materials provided before coming to class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basic concept of material cycle analysis Understand the concept of material cycle analysis.
Class 2 Nitrogen cycles Understand Nitrogen cycles on the surface environments of the Earth .
Class 3 Oxygen and sulfur cycles Understand Oxygen and sulfur cycles on the surface environments of the Earth .
Class 4 Hydrogen cycles Understand Hydrogen cycles on the surface environments of the Earth .
Class 5 Carbon cycles Understand Carbon cycles on the surface environments of the Earth .
Class 6 Food chemistry, metabolite analysis Understand how isotopic analysis is applied for Food chemistry and metabolite analysis
Class 7 Paleoenvironmental analysis Understand how isotopic analysis is applied for paleoenvironmental reconstruction
Class 8 Frontier of material cycles using isotopic substitutes Understand the Frontier of material cycles analysis using novel isotopic techniques

Textbook(s)

None required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided before class

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on final exams (50%) and exercise problems (50%).

Related courses

  • CAP.I405 : Environmental Chemistry
  • CAP.I415 : Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • CAP.I435 : Geochemistry

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

Students must have successfully completed Geochemistry (CAP.I435.E) or have equivalent knowledge.

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