SK2711 Environmental physics 6.0 credits

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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.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

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
  • analyze the structure of the atmosphere and the biospheric radiation balance
  • perform calculations on conventional carbon-based and nuclear energy
  • evaluate renewable energy sources - solar, wind, water, and bio
  • analyze effects on the environment, various sources of pollution, as well as aspects of sustainable development of mankin

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Introductory courses in Termodynamics and Modern Physics at BSc level or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

Introductory courses in Termodynamics and Modern Physics at BSc level or equivalent

Equipment

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Literature

Environmental Physics, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, E. Boeker and R. van Grondelle, Wiley 2011 (3rd edition), as well as own teaching material.

The textbook is available as e-text (English).

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Written examination, 6.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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A written exam: TEN, 6 hp, grading scale A-F.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Vladislav Korenivski

Further information

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Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study *

Engineering Physics, Physics

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Vladislav Korenivski (vk@kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • 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.