PHYS 108
Energy Science and Technology Spring 2025
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed ENVI 108

Class Details

Energy use has skyrocketed in the United States and elsewhere in the world, causing significant economic and political shifts, as well as concerns for the environment. This course will address the physics and technology of energy generation, consumption, and conservation. It will cover a wide range of energy sources, including fossil fuels, hydropower, solar energy, wind energy, and nuclear energy. We will discuss energy use in transportation, manufacturing, building heating and lighting, and energy storage. Students will learn to compare the efficiencies and environmental impacts of various energy sources and uses.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; Two meetings per week. Some weeks that means two lectures. Other weeks, that means one lecture plus one lab, with the class divided between two lab sections.
Limit: 10 per lab
Expected: 20
Class#: 3751
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly assignments, two hour tests, and a final project culminating in an oral presentation to the class and a 10-page paper; all of these will be substantially quantitative
Prerequisites: high school physics, high school chemistry, and mathematics at the level of MATH 130
Enrollment Preferences: non-physics majors
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 108 Division III PHYS 108 Division III
QFR Notes: problems sets, exams, and projects will all have a quantitative aspects.
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives

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