Estimates of energy resources and consumption, thermodynamics, analysis of efficiencies of energy transfer, energy storage, simple models for Greenhouse effect, trends in global average temperatures, climate debate, climate change, global climate models, solar energy, nuclear reactions in the sun, semiconductor physics, solar cells, wind energy, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, environmental impact of nuclear energy.
Pre-requisites: Introductory course in classical physics or thermodynamics
Assessment: Written Test and a written Report on a chosen topic accompanied by a short oral presentation.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: An introduction to the physics of energy generation and transfer by various technologies. Introduction to the Earth's climate and the science of climate change.