This e-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.
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Content and learning outcomes
Solar energy, the carbon cycle, the Green-house effect, fossil-fuel energy, heat engines, nuclear power, fission and fusion, renewable energy from sun, wind, water, biosources, environmental pollution in air, water, noise and radiation, climate changes, sustainable development.
Intended learning outcomes
The 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 conceptual understanding of the relevant physical mechanisms.
The student will learn to:
- solve problems regarding the solar radiation, the Earth's carbon cycle and the Green-house effect
- discuss the structure of the atmosphere and the biospheric radiation balance
- perform calculations on conventional carbon-based and nuclear energy
- explain and make estimates on renewable energy sources - solar, wind, water, and bio
- discuss acousticcal and electromagnetic effects on the environment, various sources of pollution, as well as aspects of sustainable development of mankind
Literature and preparations
Basic eligibility for university studies.
Environmental Physics, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, E. Boeker and R. van Grondelle, Wiley 2011 (3rd edition).
The textbook is avalable as e-text (English).
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- TEN1 - Exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- TEN2 - Exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- TEN3 - Exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Other requirements for final grade
Three written exams: TEN1, 3 hp, grading scale A-F; TEN2, 3 hp, grading scale A-F; TEN3, 3 hp, grading scale A-F.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web SK184N