This course covers energy resources and the production, transmission, interconversion, consumption and waste of energy in the industrial society. Emphasis is placed on environmental impact and human safety. Topics include fossil fuels, nuclear fission and fusion, wind and solar power, the hydrogen economy, and conservation strategies.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Describe common energy resources, electrical power generation and its distribution;
- Analyze the issues related to each energy source regarding environmental and health impact;
- Describe the underlying physics of the discussions about global warming, nuclear power, renewable energy resources and energy conservation; and
- Solve numerical problems related to all the discussed issues.
- Elementary physics
- Energy consumption, fossil fuels and resource modeling
- Heat and Thermodynamics
- Health and environmental impacts of fossil fuels
- Electromagnetic radiation and the greenhouse effect
- Nuclear physics
- Nuclear energy
- Renewable energy
- Energy use and new technologies
- The automobile
|Written Problem Assignments (5 x 10%)||50%|
|Online Final Exam||50%|
Additional Technical Requirements
This course will use the following:
- Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams.
- Zoom as a video communication tool. A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed.
Please view the Technical Considerations for each.
*Course details are subject to change.