PHYSICS 210 - Energy for our Future
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.


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 production and consumption contribute to human-driven climate change, and the policies that influence a nation-state's use of energy are increasingly important to our future. In this course, students will learn about the physics and engineering of energy on a global scale, with an emphasis on market shifts toward low-carbon, renewable sources, and they will be invited to explore this complex issue through lenses of environmental sustainability, politics, and economics. Students will work in teams to craft potentially viable energy plans for the future, weighing cost, environmental and human risk, and larger geopolitical impacts.

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:

While PHYSICS 210 requires no formal prerequisite courses in physics or math, knowledge of physics at the high school level and some appreciation for statistics is recommended. The course should be 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)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for PHYSICS 210.001

View/Buy Textbooks


Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for PHYSICS 210 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)