Physics 140
The Greenhouse Effect







Spring 2017
Mondays, Wednesdays 3:20 - 4:40 p.m.
Tillett 204

Course Instructor:  Prof.  Premi Chandra                                                                          Email:pchandra@physics.rutgers.edu                                                                              

                     
                       

                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


Overview:  In this class, we'll discuss the basics of the greenhouse effect for a non-technical audience.  A key goal of the course is that the students develop the energy literacy and quantitative dexterity necessary to evaluate for themselves arguments presented in public policy discussions of global warming and climate change.   We will take advantage of our Active Learning Classroom setting to encourage group interdisciplinary discussions, problem-solving and guessestimation exercises whenever possible.

Course Texbooks:  D. Archer,  Global Warming:  Understanding the Forecast (2nd Edition), (John Wiley and Sons, 2011),
                                B. Richter,  Beyond Smoke and Mirrors:  Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century
                                                        2nd Edition), 
(Cambridge University Press, 2014) 
                               
J. Rockstrom and M. Klum, Big World Small Planet, (Yale University Press, 2015)

Iclickers:                i>clicker+



Syllabus


Week of
Monday
Wednesday
Jan. 16



Introduction/Overview


Jan. 23

Energy and Power

Temperature



 

Energy and Power

Heat and Light


Jan. 30

Energy and Power

Energy vs. Power



Energy and Power

Light and Blackbody Radiation

Feb. 6

Energy and Power

Chasing Ice




Energy and Power

A Simple Climate Model
Feb. 13

Energy and Power

More on a Simple Climate Model





Energy and Power

Greenhouse Gases:  Which Ones are They?

Feb. 20
Energy and Power

How can a Gallon of Gasoline
Produce 20 lbs of CO2?






Energy and Power

More about Energy Consumption
and Conversion



Feb. 27

Energy and Power

Review for First Hour Exam




First In-Class Exam



March 6

Global Warming

The Climate Doubters


                                                                                           
  
                         Global Warming     

                        The Carbon Cycle              

          
                 
March 13

Spring Break!

Spring Break!


March 20

Global Warming

Land and Sea Ice in Antartica



Global Warming

Weather and Climate


March 27

Global Warming


Radiative Forcing



Global Warming


2 Degree C Goal





April 3

Global Warming

Our Carbon Budget


Global Warming

   Our Carbon Reserves
 





April 10

Decisions, Decisions

Tragedy of the Commons
and the
Kaya Equation


Decisions, Decisions

Stabilization Wedges


April 17

Decisions, Decisions

Review for the
Second Common Hour Exam
 

Second In-Class  Exam



April 24

Decisions, Decisions

Can Technology Save Us from Climate Change?





       

Decisions, Decisions

What We as Individuals Can Do




May 1

Decisions, Decisions

Review for Final Exam





(Reading Period)



May 8

                         
  

                         Final Exam

          
                         
May 10, 2017
                      12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      
                       
         
    



Course Notes


There will be regular homework assignments.

Supplementary material to the main texts will be accessible on the course website.


 
          


Breakdown of Grades


15%


Homework
 
15%


I-Clicker ??s

    20% 

       
                 First  Hour Exam

     20%

                Second Hour Exam


     30%


                    Final Exam 
                  

The lowest homework and I-clicker grades will be dropped.

Class participation is greatly encouraged and could
contribute positively towards the final grade.



Special Announcements

Welcome to Physics 140 !!

Please procure the three course textbooks and an iclicker!

For Special Permission Requests please go to

http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/descr/descr-ug-program2.shtml

though I should warn you that our class size is limited by the room capacity.


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http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/grad/AcademicIntegrity.html
and   http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/disabilities.html

for statements about Academic Integrity and information for Students with Disabilities respectively.