Tokyo Institute of Technology has developed Massive Open Online Course on Earth that is available for free on edX. This is Tokyo Tech’s introductory course on Earth Science that explains the nature and dynamics of the Earth’s core, mantle and crust.
This course is intended for those who want to imagine the inside of the Earth. This online course will start from October 7, 2015.
Course At A Glance
Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours/week
Subject: Climate Change
Institution: Tokyo Institute of Technology and edX
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Session: Starts on October 7, 2015.
Tokyo Institute of Technology and edX are providing this online course on Earth Science. As part of an institute-wide reorganization and education reform effort to become one of the world’s top sci-tech universities, TokyoTechX courses will be offered starting in 2015, to demonstrate its commitment to global higher education.
EdX was created for students and institutions that seek to transform themselves through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses.
About This Course
Have you ever imagined what is deep under the ground? What is happening deep inside the earth? How has the earth evolved into its present state?
This course is an introduction to earth science, focusing on the deep earth. We will learn how temperature and chemical compositions inside the Earth are inferred from limited observations combined with laboratory experiments. We will also explore the fate of water on the early Earth related to advanced research questions. Upon finishing this course, you will learn how scientists interpret the unknown and use the scientific method to address immeasurable research challenges.
Why Take This Course?
This Tokyo Institute of Technology course can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee. The course will be provided via TokyoTechX Institution. No specific knowledge is needed to pursue this course.
After completing this course students will have knowledge of :
-Chemical compositions and dynamics inside the earth
-Internal temperature of the earth and how it is estimated
-Water inside the deep earth as an example of advanced Earth science research
-How to apply multidisciplinary scientific methods to understand what can’t be seen directly
Week 1. Introduction to the solid Earth
Week 2. Temperature inside the Earth
Week 3. Chemical composition of our planet
Week 4. Earth’s water
– Kei Hirose
Kei Hirose is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the director of ELSI, “Earth-Life Science Institute” at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
-Secondary school (high school) chemistry
-basic mathematics concepts