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Course Description

A birds eye view of a power plant

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.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe common energy resources, electrical power generation and its distribution;
  2. Analyze the issues related to each energy source regarding environmental and health impact;
  3. Describe the underlying physics of the discussions about global warming, nuclear power, renewable energy resources and energy conservation; and
  4. Solve numerical problems related to all the discussed issues.

Course Topics

  • 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
  • Electricity
  • Nuclear physics
  • Nuclear energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy use and new technologies
  • The automobile

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): IPS*1500 or [PHYS*1080), (1 of MATH*1000MATH*1080MATH*1200)], (1 of IPS*1510PHYS*1010PHYS*1070PHYS*1130)




Assessment Item Weight
Weekly Quizzes 10%
Written Problem Assignments (5 x 8%) 40%
Final Exam 50%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Technical Requirements

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