Spring 2008 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)
Recent articles from Journals such as Scientific
American, Science, and Nature.
|Examination and Assignments: |
There will be a midterm (based on instructor presented material) and a final (based on student
presentations). An instructor guided oral presentation will be required of every student.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a freshman seminar course with a substantial class discussion participation component that will be included as part of your grade.