2017 Earth and Space Sciences B A

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Tsunakawa Hideo  Nakamoto Taishi  Nagai Tsugunobu  Nakajima Junichi  Okuzumi Satoshi  Yokoyama Tetsuya  Sato Bunei  Ueno Yuichiro  Nomura Hideko  Ohta Kenji 
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Tue5-6(W521)  Fri5-6(W521)  
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Course description and aims

Introductory lectures for Sciences of the Earth, Moon and planets in the solar system.

Student learning outcomes

Using observational and experimental data, the student learns scientific veiw of the present status and 4.6 b.y. evolution of planets in the solar system.


Earth, Moon, Planets, Solar system

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Major phenomena of the Earth and planets are modeled using observational and experimental data.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Shape of the planets Why is the planet a sphere?
Class 2 Gravity of the planet Is the Moon outside the Earth's gravity?
Class 3 Precession of the Earth's rotation axis Is the rotation axis moving?
Class 4 Seismic waves Propagation of seismic waves
Class 5 Magnetic field of the planet What is the planetary dynamo?
Class 6 Terrestial rocks: igneous activity Igneous rocks
Class 7 Terrestial rocks: sedimentation and metamorphism sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks
Class 8 Deep materials of the Earth's interior Density distribution of the Earth's interior
Class 9 Global change in the Earth's enviroment and evolution of the life Environmental change on the Earth's surface
Class 10 Plate tectonis Overview of the plate tectonics on the Earth
Class 11 Plate motions Spreading of the sea floor, hot spots, isostasy, and continental drift
Class 12 Seismic activity on the Earth Seismic activity and faults in the Japanese Islands
Class 13 Volcanic activity on the Earth Volcanoes in the Japanese Islands and the Hawaiian Islands
Class 14 Atmospheres of the Earth and planets Structure and composion of atmosphere of the Earth, Venus and Mars
Class 15 Exploration of the solar system Observations of our solar system


No specific textbook at present.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Material necessary for the class will be given at the lecture.

Assessment criteria and methods

Score is determined with exercises (50%) and exams (50%).

Related courses

  • LAS.A101 : Earth and Space Sciences A
  • LAS.A110 : Earth and Space Sciences, Laboratory and Field Studies (geophysics)
  • LAS.A111 : Earth and Space Sciences, Laboratory and Field Studies (earth materials)
  • LAS.A112 : Earth and Space Sciences, Laboratory and Field Studies (astronomy)

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

No requirements.

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