Introductory lectures for Sciences of the Earth, Moon and planets in the solar system.
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
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Major phenomena of the Earth and planets are modeled using observational and experimental data.
|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.
Material necessary for the class will be given at the lecture.
Score is determined with exercises (50%) and exams (50%).