2020 Earth and Space Sciences A B

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Nakamoto Taishi  Nakajima Junichi  Okuzumi Satoshi  Yokoyama Tetsuya  Sato Bunei  Ueno Yuichiro  Ohta Kenji  Ishikawa Akira  Ida Shigeru  Genda Hidenori  Sekine Yasuhito 
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Course description and aims

This course will provide an overview of modern earth and space sciences. Especially, from the view point of materials comprising our world, students understand the structure and the mechanism of our world such as universe, galaxies, stars, nucleosynthesis, the solar system, planets, Earth, and life. The origin of our solar system, the structure of Earth, and the evolution of environment and life on Earth are introduced including the latest progress.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand basic concepts of modern earth and space sciences based on fundamental laws of physics and chemistry.


astrophysics, planetary physics, cosmochemistry

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the beginning of the class, a summary of the previous lecture is given. Then the main points of the day's lecture are presented, and students are asked to provide solutions to some of the questions as necessary.
The order of contents listed in the plan may change.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of the material circulation in universe and Earth Understand the overview of the material generation and circulation in universe and Earth
Class 2 Origin of elements and materials Element and nucleus, Big Bang nucleosynthesis
Class 3 Nucleosynthesis in stars Nucleosynthesis in main-sequence stars
Class 4 Star evolution and the material circulation in universe Nucleosynthesis in post main-sequence, material circulation
Class 5 Solar system Sun and planets, structure
Class 6 Meteorite chronology Understand the basics of chronology based on radioactive isotopes.
Class 7 Formation theory of solar system Understand basic concepts of solar-system formation.
Class 8 Chemical evolution of solar system Solar abundance, differentiation
Class 9 Interiors of terrestrial planets Crust, mantle, core, lithosphere
Class 10 Rocks forming Earth Igneous rock petrology, differentiation
Class 11 Evolution of solid Earth Platetechtonics
Class 12 Evolution of planets environments Evolution of atmosphere, initial atmosphere, oxidization, continental growth
Class 13 Evolution of Earth life History of life, Co-evolution/interaction of Earth and life
Class 14 Astrobiology Extraterrestrial life

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Uchu Chikyu Kagaku, Bun'ei Sato and Hideo Tsunakawa, Kohdansya

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books and course materials are introduced during the course.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's understanding of materials explained in classes will be assessed with exercise problems. Final exam is not held.

Related courses

  • LAS.A102 : Earth and Space Sciences B
  • 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.)


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