PHYSICS 210 - Energy for our Future
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Energy and energy policy is becoming an increasingly important component of our civilization. We explore the physics, politics, economics and environmental impact of the production, distribution and use of known sources of energy including fossil fuels, nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric. Students work in groups to craft viable energy plans for the future weighing cost, environmental and human risk, and larger geopolitical impacts. Written reports, based on these plans are distributed to the class and groups defend their plans in front of the class.

Course Requirements:

The course grade is based on homework, two midterm exams and a final written report and presentation. Student progress is tracked by weekly homework assignments based on the reading and lectures. Students prepare written energy plans distributed to the class prior to presentation. Presentations are graded for meeting pre-established criteria and students may receive extra credit by providing written critique of each other's plans.

Intended Audience:

PHYSICS 210 is of interest to students in the Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, the School of Public Policy, the Program in the Environment, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering.

PHYSICS 210 - Energy for our Future
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: PHYSICS 210 will not meet on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The first class will be on Monday, January 8, 2018.
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ISBN: 9780393081619
Energy for future presidents : the science behind the headlines, Author: Richard A. Muller., Publisher: W. W. Norton 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780954452933
Sustainable energy--without the hot air, Author: David J.C. MacKay., Publisher: UIT Repr. 2009
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