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Contemporary Issues in Physics
PHYS 105
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.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM PHYS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(HRAD-MN)

Last Updated on JUL-15-2024
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