This course covers the physics of solar energy, the carbon cycle, carbon-based, nuclear, and renewable energy, the Green-house effect, and how mankind affects the environment. The emphasis is on understanding the relevant physical principles and the ability to apply them to solving simple practical problems. This course is based on courses given at KTH-Physics and at SU since the 90-ies. It is continuously upgraded with recent research from relevant fields. This course is suitable as complementary to all programs at KTH and is also offered as an e-course for non-KTH students - SK184N.
The course follows the textbook "Environmental Physics, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change", by E. Boeker and R. van Grondelle, Wiley 2011 (3rd edition). The textbook is available as e-text (English) for free for enrolled students (via KTHBib). A brief compendium based on an earlier edition of the book and a set of practice problems with solutions are also available as additional study material. The textbook, study materials, lectures, and exams are in English; course administration, teacher communication - in English or Swedish.
The planned study pace is two lectures and one recitation session per week taking place at Albanova during study period 2 (Nov-Dec). A written exam for the total credit of 6 hp with the grading scale of A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F will be administered at the end of the course.
Tel: 08-790 94 40 (mån 13-14, tis-tors 10.00-11.00)
Email: teacher (english/svenska).