2022 Earth-Life Science C

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Earth-Life Science
Instructor(s)
Ida Shigeru  Genda Hidenori  Hernlund John William  Kurokawa Hiroyuki 
Class Format
Lecture     
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
()  
Group
-
Course number
ELS.C403
Credits
2
Academic year
2022
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2022/4/20
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

The basic ideas of the surface environments and interior structure of the present-day Earth are explained. Earth's formation/evolution as a planet in Solar system is also explained via formation models of Solar system. Solar system explorations and exoplanet observations are also explained.

Student learning outcomes

Understanding the Earth as a site of emergence of life to discuss relations to origins of life on the Earth. Extrapolating these understanding to discuss possible life in satellites and Mars in Solar system and in exoplanets.

Keywords

Structure/evolution of Earth, Mars, Icy satellites, Solar system formation, exoplanetary systems, origins of life

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
Acquiring knowledge and skills to discuss relations between planet/satellites and life in our Solar system and exoplanetary systems understanding to discuss possible life in satellites and Mars in Solar system and in exoplanets.

Class flow

Lectures and small group discussions

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The present-day Earth (from core to atmosphere) The present-day Earth (from core to atmosphere)
Class 2 Earth's formation in Solar system Earth's formation in Solar system
Class 3 Earth's history Earth's history
Class 4 Earth's Moon, Mars, icy satellites Earth's Moon, Mars, icy satellites
Class 5 Planetary structure equations: from the core to the atmosphere Planetary structure equations: from the core to the atmosphere
Class 6 Planetary atmosphere Planetary atmosphere
Class 7 Climate evolution, volatile cycling, and biogeochemcal cycling Climate evolution, volatile cycling, and biogeochemcal cycling
Class 8 Stellar evolution Stellar evolution
Class 9 Planet formation        Planet formation
Class 10 Satellite formation Satellite formation
Class 11 Solar system explorations Solar system explorations
Class 12 Exoplanet observations Exoplanet observations
Class 13 Water delivery to Earth Water delivery to Earth
Class 14 Origins of organic materials Origins of organic materials

Textbook(s)

NA

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Geodynamics, D. Turcotte & G. Shubert
Young Sun, Early Earth and the Origins of Life, M. Gargaud et al.
Astrophysics of planet formation, P. Armitage
Atmospheric Evolution on Inhabited and Lifeless Worlds, David C. Catling & James F. Kasting.

Assessment criteria and methods

Small reports

Related courses

  • ELS.C401 : Earth-Life Science A
  • ELS.C402 : Earth-Life Science B

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

Deep interests in the Earth, life on the Earths and that in universe

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