University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 1001W.100

Energy and the Environment

Session: Fall 2014 (9/02-12/10)
Instructor: Satish Desai (e-mail: desai @ physics.umn.edu)
Time: 1325 MWF
Location: Phys 166
Office Hours:

Thursdays , 9-10am
Fridays, 3pm-4pm
or by appointment


This course addresses current issues of the relationship between energy use and the environment by starting with the fundamental physics principles of force and energy, and demonstrating how these concepts apply to Electricity and Magnetism, Thermodynamics, Chemical Physics and Nuclear Power generation. These principles are applied to specific applications by examining topics such as power production, acid rain and fuel resources. The consequences of fundamental physics on public policy will also be discussed in this context. Math skills at the level of high school algebra are assumed. The accompanying laboratory is a series of short experiments which illustrate the concepts as they are presented in class.

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