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
Prerequisite(s): IPS*1500 or [(PHYS*1000 or PHYS*1080), (1 of MATH*1000, MATH*1080, MATH*1200)], (1 of IPS*1510, PHYS*1010, PHYS*1070, PHYS*1130)
|Written Problem Assignments (5)||50%|
|On Campus Final Exam||50%|
*Course details are subject to change.