Jun 02, 2023
PHYS 308 - Sustainable Energy Systems
Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: GE-UDB; Sustainability
Project-based course; Science of climate change and its relation to energy systems; student projects have high impact on their campus carbon emissions. Readings, discussion, and research on contemporary and/or significant issues in physics relating to climate science and energy systems. Lecture Units: 2; Lab Units: 1.
Strongly Recommended Preparation: Upper division status (greater than 60 earned semester units) and completion of lower division Areas B1-B3.
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 with grade C- (CR) or better.
Repeatability: May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 units.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-UDB- Upper Division Science Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning, Overlay - Sustainability
Course Typically Offered: Variable Intermittently
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Describe the challenges and problems associated with the use of various energy sources, including fossil fuels, with regard to future supply and the environment.
- Develop an understanding of the concepts of energy, power and work with regards to energy consumption and production and climate change.
- Convert units of energy and power to quantify energy demands and make comparisons among energy uses, resources, and technologies.
- Assess the advantages and limitations of various strategies for clean energy on a college campus.
UD-B. Upper-division Science Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning Learning Outcomes
Sustainability Overlay Learning Outcomes
- demonstrate advanced and/or focused science or quantitative content knowledge in a specific scientific field, using appropriate vocabulary and referencing appropriate concepts (such as models, uncertainties, hypotheses, theories, and technologies);
- apply advanced quantitative skills (such as statistics, algebraic solutions, interpretation of graphical data) to scientific problems and evaluate scientific claims;
- demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and scientific inquiry and the experimental and empirical methodologies used in science to investigate a scientific question or issue; and
- apply science content knowledge to contemporary scientific issues (e.g., global warming) and technologies (e.g., cloning), where appropriate.
- identify the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability, either in general or in relation to a specific problem;
- analyze interactions between human activities and natural systems;
- describe key threats to environmental sustainability; and
- explain how individual and societal choices affect prospects for sustainability at the local, regional, and/or global levels.
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