Fall 2007 not offered
The subtitle of this course is A Citizen's Guide to the Energy/Environmental Crisis. The goal of the course will be to provide students with an understanding of the basic science needed to evaluate the reports in the popular press regarding energy and environmental issues and to assess governmental reactions to those reports. The first part of the course will cover the basic science (mostly physics) of what energy is, how we use it, and how energy use affects the environment. Included will be a (minimally mathematical) overview of Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, and modern physics (quantum mechanics and relativity). The second part of the course will consist of student presentations on energy/environmental topics.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEC)(CES)(ENVS)
Two or three books will be required for primary study. Other readings will be assigned from lay scientific journals, such as Science News.
|Examination and Assignments: |
There will be regular written assignments, three quizzes, a major paper, and an oral presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is a freshman seminar course with a substantial discussion component that will be included as part of your grade. Appropriate discussion, primarily through the readings, will be required.