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 building lighting. Students will learn to compare the efficiencies and environmental impacts of various energy sources and uses.
Format: lecture; twice a week, occasional lab exercises, and a field trip to the college heating plant, all during class hours
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
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
high school physics, high school chemistry, and mathematics at the level of MATH 130
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI Natural World Electives