Physics 116: Energy for Future Decision MakersTuesdays and Thursdays
9:30am-10:45am, 3 Credits
Sources, delivery and uses of energy are undergoing a global transition from traditional fossil to more sustainable alternatives including solar, wind, biofuels, geothermal, carbon sequestration, electric transportation, zero energy buildings, and long distance transmission and storage of electricity, among others. The course will examine the challenges and opportunities of more sustainable energy alternatives, with emphasis on evaluating their capacity, efficiency, environmental impact, and the barriers to their implementation.
The course is geared for students of all backgrounds and presented without a need for advanced mathematics. The course will provide the factual knowledge necessary to distinguish those conclusions resting on unsupported assertion from those verified by sound scientific reasoning. It will prepare students to evaluate the inevitable energy policy changes that will occur, to make decisions as future legislators, businesspeople, city planners, and voters on the best approaches to meet energy challenges, and to present their well-reasoned in a professional manner.